Round 5 Team of the Week

Round 5 John I Dent Cup 2021 match report

There’s a saying that it’s better to be lucky than good, and right now our first grade side would welcome some luck. Another round and another close loss as we finished behind the Whites 18-27.
From the sidelines it seems we’ve simply forgotten what it takes to seal a win, particularly through the latter stages of the game when we appeared to become a little desperate, forcing the play and not making the best choices.
This week we had Max Singh putting in another strong performance, leading by example and knocking over any Whites ball runner fool enough to come within reach. Harry Quinlan was dynamic in the backline and worked well with both Will Burden and Noa Rabici. But it was our set piece that really stood out this week, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Archer Holz who played through the pain barrier and in combination with Bundy and Apenisa saw the scrum dominate throughout the game.
We’re only a fraction from where we need to be and in practice it is only our failure to trust in the plans put up by our coaches, discipline (in that we need to take an extra step to get onside) and lapses in concentration which are letting us down. Nothing that’s fundamental or can’t be fixed. Let’s see what next week brings.
Points this week:
3- Max Singh
2- Harry Quinlan
1- Archer Holz.

2nd grade match report

It would be easy to focus on the negatives from this game given it was by far the least impressive performance 2nd grade have put out this year. Instead it was still a win and completed a clean sweep over the first five rounds against all opposition, so well done fellas we are where we want to be. We started exactly how we wanted to against Queanbeyan, with a perfectly executed set play off the back of a strong scrum, leading to our first try to Chris Russell under the sticks, converted by sauce 7-0 up. The early success seemingly gave us some false confidence and we started to go away from our game plan and play at a substandard level. Queanbeyan had a sniff and put a penalty over in the 27th minute to make it 7-3 at the break.

The boys felt the heat at half time with some choice words from the coaches and it was clear to all to see the frustration. It appeared to have the desired result with TP crashing over from close range a couple of minutes into the second half, converted by Tom to make it 14-3. That is where we switched off again and let the Whites back into the game, a converted try making it 14-10 and another pressure release straight after scoring points. The boys stayed in the contest and a second to Chrissy Russell gave us a 19-10 lead with just under 20 minutes to go.

Queanbeyan refused to go away and scored a converted try with a minute to go making 19-17. Ben D also copped a yellow for a high shot in the process (lucky this is not the NRL), which left us to defend with 14 for the last play. In what was a messy game, the effort was still evident and sometimes these games are the biggest test. Well done to the point recipients TP (3), Sam Ross (2) and Charlie/Ben D (1).

colts match report

With Captain courageous, Harry O’Connor out with a broken finger, the Colts started the game with some solid defense and confident attacking rugby but were dominated in the first few scrums. Ten minutes in we came away with seven points thanks to another accurate lineout and a tightly controlled rolling maul.

After the great start, we then stood back and watched the opposition catch their own kickoff on the full and launch an attack into our Red Zone. This isn’t the first time we’ve not moved to the ball at kickoff and it’s going to cause us big problems if it’s not fixed, particularly in the tight games. Thankfully, the backline and backrow forwards shut down the attack and we patiently worked our way back into the White’s half.

The forwards regrouped after the first few scrums and the front row triple-T-threat of Tom, Tim & Tyso found their groove and did not take another backward step all game, earning wins against the feed and multiple dominant scrum penalties. Well done lads.

The team communicated in defense and were patient in attack, for the most part. When we built phases, the backline made excellent use of the full width to spread the ball and create opportunities. Some good work at the breakdown from both backs and forwards alike kept us in the hunt and we got the win.

It’s a shame we didn’t close out the game better, we had them on the ropes but didn’t really put them away. But a win’s a win and we’ll certainly take that one. The boys earned it.

Well done Liam Vecchi. First start at half back with a couple of well-timed runs and quality ball delivery.

Big props and commiserations to Matt Galvin who played his heart out all day and carried a serious shoulder injury for the last twenty minutes of the game. Displayed great courage and determination.

3 – Matt Galvin

2 – Cody Webb

1 – Liam Vecchi

1 – Sam Allica

Contact

Wayne Jones: General Manager

Mobile: 0448 444 188

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

Email: w.jones@royalsrugby.com.au

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Contact

Wayne Jones: General Manager

Mobile: 0448 444 188

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

Email: w.jones@royalsrugby.com.au