Team of the Week and Match Reports

First-grade match report 12 September 2020

Queanbeyan’s position on the table means they have nothing to lose, and this week up against a confident blue bagger pack, they played like they had everything to gain. Royals faced up to a very real challenge from the Whites and fell a little short of the standards that had been set in previous rounds. It’s not that the effort or the commitment wasn’t there for Royals, we just struggled to hold onto the pill when we had possession and play to our structures. With our combinations breaking down we seemed to panic and fell into patterns of play that resulted in even more pressure being applied.
Queanbeyan ran in five tries to Royals three and we were fortunate to have Pedro nailing conversions from across the park. In the end it came down to a committed drive from Royals who worked through more than fifteen phases in the dying minutes to cross the line, knock over the conversion and scrape in a draw.
Will Morrison had a strong showing for Royals this week as did Joel Penders, Sam Villata and Dean Paragalli. Ben Johnston led by example and put in some strong hit ups that stretched the Whites defensive line. But every experience provides some opportunities for learning and based on the feeling in the change rooms after this weeks match there were quite a few members of the team who were reflecting on what might have been. I think this weeks match against West’s will see us bring something better when we hit Jamison enclosed at 3:15pm.
Colts Match Report

Colts played top side Queanbeyan on the weekend and snatched a 22-20 thriller to knock the top side off.

We went on the attack early pressuring their line but no joy on the scoring front.  It was the QBN’s turn to pressure us.  A few break-outs by them thwarted by good defence from the good guys for the next five.  Pressure from a scrum to QBN saw them score first points: down 0-5.  We recovered very soon after when Adam McAuliffe effected a charge down and Matt Galvin scored the easiest of tries pressing the ball over the line.  Converted by Liam Maguire saw us 7-5 up.  We sustained a lot of pressure for most of the rest of the half with the QBN maul being very effective.  Two more unconverted tries to them gave them a 7-15 lead.  Cody Webb had a great break out run with a head high on him being called early with an open line in front.  The ensuing penalty was slotted by Liam and we went into half time 10-15 down with a game on our hands.

 

Coaches were happy with the message being to remain patient and focus on our execution.  Defence was good.

 

Unfortunately QBN scored an early second half try taking them to a 10-20 lead.  Our young men then dug deep for the rest of the half with great defence holding QBN scoreless for the rest of the half.  At about three quarter time a line out followed a penalty to us.  Great mauling and phase play saw Liam barging at the QBN defence, with Zac Ross then receiving the ball to score our wide: 15-20.  The rest of the half saw some good raids from both sides but solid defence being the order of the day.  We remained composed and our moment came on full time.  With a penalty awarded to us we took a tap and Aiden Tolich was over: 20 all with a kick to come with full time on the clock.  Ice man Liam slotted the conversion to give us a 22-20 victory and was swamped by his team mates.

 

A mighty team effort.

 

Points: 1 point each for the whole team

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