Round 4 Team of the Week and Match Reports
John I Dent Cup 2021 match report
RND4 vs Vikings 8th May
If you looked up the definition of ‘a game of two halves’ in a dictionary, you’ll find reference to this one in there.
Right from the kickoff, the Colts were under pressure. The first ten minutes of the game saw us with less than thirty seconds of possession and forced to defend hard, repelling wave upon wave of attack from the Viking invaders. We were on the wrong end of a heavy 6-0 penalty count and when coupled with the pure weight of possession to the opposition, led to the boys finally conceded a try in the ninth minute. For the rest of the first half, Colts took control of the game. The lads were focused, patient, and aggressive at the breakdown. Even when they suffered a bit of white line fever, pushed some bad passes and held some good ones, they had each other’s backs and were quick to clean up and support. They clicked as a team and showed just how good they can be by running in three unanswered tries to end the first half on the good side of the 19-7 score.
The wheels came off in the second half and we were found wanting in defense, could not put a foot right in attack, made few second efforts, and lost the game.
We suffered some injuries and hope that Jayden, Sam C and Macka are on the mend.
Big wrap for Tom Seymour who kept his cool through some interesting scrum interpretations, hit hard in defense and capped his day off with two hard-earned tries.
3 – Tom Seymour
2 – Liam Bowron
1 – Harry O’Connor
2nd grade report
A second home game in a row, this time against a fancied Tuggeranong side. As is the case with second grade, a few forced changes, but nothing that would prevent us putting in a good performance. The start of the game reflected how we operated in the warm-up. There didn’t seem to be a lot of talk and the energy levels were low. This was reflected in the first 15 mins with Tuggies taking a 5-0 lead. We started to get in the game after the try and with some hard running and good offloading we went into the break 10-5 off the back of a double to Chris Russell. We carried the momentum into the second half and off the back of some good set piece and a driving maul from the piggies, Pearso went over and with the try converted we were out to 17-5. Despite having some players out of position (TP) the forwards were dominating at the set piece, which came a little undone with Sam’s yellow card. In the ensuing 10 mins, Tuggies ran in three tries to go up 17-26. With less than 10 mins on the clock the boys dug deep and focused on playing the game at our speed. This resulted in two converted tries to JR and a third for Chris Russell to give us a 31-26 win. A good win for the boys, noting there is still work to do. Again, thanks to all our subs and well done to the point recipients Karim (3), Josh (2) and TP Luteru/Tom Hallam (1).
4th Grade report
After what has felt like an eternity, Royals fourth grade finally got to kick off their season. Facing Easts at home was a great way to start. We were missing several key components to our game, shortage of props, and Easts came with limited numbers for their two matches. Both sides requesting an un-opposed scrum.
The match started with a fast paced Royals showing they were there to win. Big defensive hits from our forwards and scrambling to stop the larger Easts players forced them to kick away and let our back show some skills. Quick hands and creative overlaps allowed for Matt Ingall to scurry down the sideline for our first 5 pointer. Again East tried to use their size and experience to drive, but our team defense stopped them over and over. Royals lineouts that had been failing in trial matches was on key today and gave us good ball in good field position. Backs again showed flare and Tom Milenovic pounded down the far sideline for another 5 pointer. Easts pushed us deep in our 22, but another well executed lineout quick hands to a brilliant stepping Sam Owens sent us at high speed down field with Matt Ingall racing away for his second try. At first look it seemed we went to sleep, but on second look Easts rotated in some players who took advantage on some inside ball getting in for a 7 pointer.
At half we changed some players but just asked the boys to keep firing away as they were.
Royals started quick with a try to Sam Myburg. But Easts drove back to take their second and final score. The fresh players settled into team play and controlled most of the rest of the half. A shortage of forwards also sent Rob Singe from 9 to 6 and later Milenovic from 14 to 3. A driving opposition was caught off guard when we took their ball and Tom Grace raced in for a try that he actually centered, allowing Zack Spackman to convert. We continued to drive and finished with Justin Mann carving through the defense, and scoring under the posts, again Spackman kicked the extra 2.
Royals can take away a lot from this win, but hopefully stay grounded going into our rescheduled match against RMC next week at the military college.
Royals Win 34-14
Eddie Easton 1, Matt Ingall 2, Justin Mann 3