Round 3 Team of the Week and Match Reports
Second Grade Match Report
Round 3 saw us take on Wests in our first home game of the season on a belter of a day at Phillip. With a few forced changes the team focused on cohesion and sticking to our patterns in the first half. Along with some excellent set piece we were able to wear down the opposition by maintaining possession and controlling the speed of the game. A tight opening 20 minutes included tries to Liam M and Tom H, both converted by the latter. In the final 15 minutes of the half we fed off the well laid platform and played some great flowing rugby for further tries to Pearso, Karim (converted) Liam D, giving a 31-0 halftime score and likely our best half to date. The second half may as well have been a different game. A serious leg injury to a Wests player in the first minute meant a change of field and seemingly a drop in focus. While Wests rose to the challenge we failed to match their intensity and focus at times and found it difficult to get back into our structures. This resulted in a scrappy slogfest with a try to Liam M (converted) leaving us at 38-7 at full time. Thanks to all our subs and well done to the point recipients Josh Myburg (3), Liam Davis (2) and Ben Donohoe/Liam Maguire (1). Our thoughts go out to the young West player who suffered a serious leg injury.
Colts Match Report
RND3 vs Wests 1st May
Injury forced lineup changes saw the Colts take to the field with a new 10,12,13 lineup that didn’t disappoint.
Following an early try saving effort from Sam Allica to hold Wests up across the line, Royals took the game into the opposition half and kept it there. Wests only got back across half way when we gifted them possession through unforced errors. Fifteen minutes in to the first half Macka pounced on a loose ball and ran the length of the field for the first of three, first half tries to Royals. The second try came only five minutes later on the back of a whole-team effort to work the ball back from the kickoff including two barnstorming runs from Timmy and Tommy to get Bowro in under the posts. The third try was another team effort with the forwards patiently driving forward in phases and providing the platform for the backs to put it through the hands including touches from both wingers and fullback, before Cody scored in the corner.
Although a little disjointed at times, and not quite playing their best footy, the team remained patient and stuck to their structure for the most part. Handling has improved from previous weeks but still some work to do there as well as on our line out and scrum which were both a bit rough around the edges.
Congratulations on a solid win lads.
3 – Liam Bowron
2 – Mackenzie Smith
1 – Cody Webb
1 – Sam Allica