Round 2 Team of the Week and Match Reports

Team of the week

1st-grade Match report

Suffice to say it was not the result we were looking for in our match against the Eagles this weekend past. We were outmatched and outplayed by a well prepared team whose confidence developed as the game progressed. That said, the spirit and resilience of the extended Royals playing group was put to the test, and based on the willingness of a number of our team to get up off the deck and make the next effort, it needs to be said that they showed Royals is a club that doesn’t back down when faced with a challenge. We’re in the process of developing our combinations, and the trust that comes from knowing the team mate beside you. But it is very much a work in progress.
Our bench was drawn on heavily in this match as we asked a number of reserves to step up in response to injuries. Congratulations to Paotonu (Charlie) Luteru and Ben Donohue for making their first grade debut. And a shoutout needs to go to Nick Jervis-Hamilton for stepping in to take the reigns at fly-half when Jamie Bodman was forced to leave the field early in the game, running himself to a standstill in what was effectively his second game for the day.
This week Ethan Rokoura made his way into the First Grade starting roster for the very first time and proved that he has both the capability and attitude needed to make a significant contribution at this level of the game. Ethan’s potential has been on display for some time and based on his game this week, we look forward to seeing him feature in the side a lot more into the future. It was also good to see Max Singh take the field for the first time this year. We’ve looked forward to seeing his efforts in defence and he didn’t disappoint. Will Burden put in a significant shift this week playing at inside centre and assigned the task of keeping Solomone Kata under wraps. And Will Morrison also responded well to wearing the captain’s mantle, stepping in for Jamie and upping his own workload in attack and defence. Will’s experience was demonstrated on a number of occasions throughout the game and will be very important to our side as we build throughout the year.
Looking ahead, we are faced with another significant challenge as we prepare to take on Wests in our first home game of the year. Based on the results of their first two games Wests have recruited well over the off season and will be a very tough opposition. Please come down to Phillip enclosed on Saturday to cheer us on. The support offered from the grandstand is valued and drawn on by the team and we look forward to seeing you there.
Points this week went to:
Ethan Rokoura (3)
Will Burden (2)
Will Morrison (1)

2nd-grade match report

The second round saw a step up against the 2020 second grade premiers and we certainly came to play. The forwards again dominated in the set piece and the backs started with better structure and poise. Converted tries to Allan and Andy Scheele, topped with a penalty from skipper Tom Hallam gave us a 17-10 lead at the break with a kick chase lapse and the mysterious missing kicking tee being the only blemishes in a good first half performance. The second half was more of the same, with the team continuing to build pressure through excellent set piece and phase work. A converted try to ‘no nudey run’ Karl and another penalty to Sauce the results of our hard work, noting we need to improve our focus after scoring and our effort at the tackle. All in all a good win 27-21.

Points this week went to:

Charlie (3)

Sam (2)

Josh (1)

Colts Match Report

Showing improvement from last week right from the kick off, the boys started with a lot more enthusiasm against a physically bigger side and were on the scoreboard with a try to Macka in the first ten minutes. Unfortunately the first half was marred again by some poor handling and our own mistakes cost us field position and momentum. The Eagles hit straight back with a try of their own and consequently Royals started the second half 19-10 down.

The coaches well chosen half time words had the desired effect, and the boys started the second half with the same enthusiasm as they had the first. The real test came when the Eagles scored a try six minutes after the break and the Colts were looking at a 14 point deficit.

There was no panic from the Colts, no ill discipline or dummy spits, just determination to get the job done. As they’d done all game, the forwards continued to lay a solid platform to build on and the backline started to chime and execute more accurately. The forwards worked together both as a single unit, and in their pods this week, and it showed. A big nod to Captain Harry who made very smart decisions in pressure situations and was rock solid in defense. His accurate tactical kicking was the major contributor to our improved field position resulting in Royals scoring three unanswered try’s, with two conversions and a penalty goal, also kicked by Harry, to win the game by a point.

Special mention to Jayden Manton who continues to improve in his first year at half back and who continued to play after copping a full swinging arm right between the legs …

Harry O’Connor (3)

Liam Bowron (2)

Tom Seymour (1)

Tyson Hannan (1)

Contact

Wayne Jones: General Manager

Mobile: 0448 444 188

Address: PO Box 3920. Weston Creek, ACT, 2611

Email: w.jones@royalsrugby.com.au

Copyright © 2020 Canberra Royals

Contact

Wayne Jones: General Manager

Mobile: 0448 444 188

Address: PO Box 3920. Weston Creek, ACT, 2611

Email: w.jones@royalsrugby.com.au