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Royals first grade match report. Round 3 (Jerome Freestone)

Royals first grade missed opportunities!
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With members of the squad being called into representative camps, and injuries from the previous week’s game the coaches called up several players to make their starting first grade debut- all of whom had certainly earned their place.

Taking on Wests at Jamison on a wet afternoon meant ball control was going to be the deciding factor. Royals came out strong putting early points on the board thanks to Pedro Rolando who nailed a penalty conversion in the second minute and followed up in the 10th minute darting over the try line from behind the ruck. But these- unfortunately- were the only points we scored in the game. As the rain set in both teams struggled to hold the pill through multiple sets and despite an exceptional effort from the blue baggers in defence, Wests managed to cross the line twice and convert once to take the win 12-8.

This week’s match was a slog, and with the match result going against us despite the effort put in by the playing group in challenging conditions, the feeling of frustration in the change rooms after the game was palpable. But the final score should not be the only thing we take from this game. There were a few key lessons we will learn about game control, and when watching the replay (as you can be sure they will) I hope the squad notes the degree to which they outworked the Lions- because it was significant and something we can build on as the season progresses. As mentioned earlier, several players made their first grade debut this week and we’d congratulate Tom Seymour, Matthew Galvin, Liae Tuilagi, Spencer Scott and Angus Staniforth on this milestone. They each made the most of their opportunities and can be expected to feature in the first grade ranks over coming weeks- well done.

Next week we’re at Phillip and taking on Queanbeyan at our Gala Fun Day in support of Win The Day. The Whites, being reigning premiers and off the back of a convincing win over Gungahlin this week, will be feeling confident. Make sure you come down and add your voice from the stands- it’d be great to have your support behind us.

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