Round 6 Wrap Up and Team of the Week
First-grade match report 29 August 2020
A home game against the Vikings on a picture perfect day late in Winter. It doesn’t get much better. Royals has been subject to a disrupted lead up to this game with the ovals closed on Tuesday night, but the team took the opportunity for a stretch session to get some very sore bodies in order after a physical hit out against the Eagles.
Royals have really started to get their combinations firing at this stage in the season and we saw a number of players really stand up to the challenge thrown down early by the Vikings. We didn’t see much ball through the first half of the match but Royals made the most of the opportunities offered and managed to stay in touch with their opposition through some dogged defensive efforts (none more visible than Max Singh) to finish close behind the Vikings as the half time whistle blew.
Following from the half time break Royals seemed to step up their efforts and really made the most of their possessions and strong at scrum time. Joel Penders had a massive impact on this weeks game, bending the line and leading the pack around the field. And Joel’s efforts were well supported in the backline with Pedro Rolando putting in his usual high quality performance and Lincoln Smith standing out saving two tries in defence and scoring two in attack.
All in all an excellent showing from the Blue Bags against one of the competition’s front running teams. We’re now at three wins in a row, and we’ll be doing all we can to keep this momentum rolling into the finals.
It was a tough day for our young lads who played Vikings at home. In what was perfect conditions for Rugby
sadly the day saw our colts off to a slow start with Vikings drawing first blood 15 min into the first half only to follow up with a second try 5 min later through some soft defence. Good news for us was their kicker failed to convert there first two tries so we trailed by 10-0 after 20 min. Some very poor ball security let us down with at least 6 handling errors in the first 15 min. A good break from Tom Gratwicke took us within metres from our line and some strong work from the forwards resulted in Ethan Rokoura scoring to take us to a 5 point deficit. Another two tries to Vikings took us to the halftime break down 24-5.
Coach Smith asked the boys to find some desire to get to the breakdown and to improve ball security. First Grade Coach Wayne Southwell got involved (which he rarely does) and fired the boys up with a passionate plea to raise there level of intensity and commitment !!
Similar to the first half Vikings crossed over again to take the score to 31-5 after 10min. The boys got their act together and through some good line out work and solid scrums lifted their intensity and scored two tries. Josh Barber crossed after some sustained pressure and Ethan blitzed them down the middle to carve up the defence and score a cracking 40 meter try! In what was a tough day with lots of missed opportunities the lads can take some solace in the fact they won the second half 12-6.
Final score Vikings 31 Royals 17
Ethan Rokoura 3 Points
Tom Gratwicke 2 points
Daniel Goodwin 1 point
It has been a hard year for fourth grade, playing 32 men this week didn’t make it any easier with a slew of changes.
Vikings playing another solid, large side looked ominous at the start. The opposition scored early. but the side that decimated us early in the season lost offensive. We continually sat in the oppositions half driving. Our defense stood stong and punished the reds. Late in the half, off a string of pod movements, Spackers split the defenders charging the line, a quick off load got Chopper a diving try under the posts. Goodwin converting to take a 7 all game into the half.
Multiple changes at half left us a bit scattered allowing the reds a quick 7 pointer. We battled on, again mostly in their half. Inspirational player Ike stole a loose red ball and ran down field. Multiple passes around the heavy defenders saw Royals get Fotu over and young Kaden converting. But a loose ball and good hands got the opposition over again for an unconverted try. Again the red army took advantage of more Royals player changes and got in another 5 pointer. Frustrated, but not beaten, our boys took advantage through League recruits and drove for a final 5 pointer to Peter before full time.
Our boys should stand tall with the effort they put in. Coming away with a bonus point loss early in the second round shows how much they have grown as a side. Next week onto Uni.
Royals lost 19-24
Player points-1-Justin Mann, 2-Locky Ceissman, 3-Isaac Littlewood