Round 2 Team of the Week and Match Reports
Team of the week
1st-grade Match report
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:
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)