1st Grade Match Report Vs Eastwood
1st Grade – Souths 36 (Tries:Ben Connolly, DeWet Roos, Angus Ryan, Luke Smart, Mitch Walton. Conv: Rohan Saifoloi 4. Pen:Rohan Saifoloi.)def Eastwood 10
2nd Grade – Souths 32 – 31 Eastwood
3rd Grade – Souths 8 – 24 Eastwood
4th Grade – Souths 13 - 15
I am going to start today’s report with special mention of second grade. Over the past couple of seasons, second grade has struggled somewhat. Even though 1st Grade has been at, or near the top of the table, 2nds just haven’t been able to find much rhythm. We put the challenge to the players this year to pay attention to the Club Championship and that if, as a club, we managed to move towards the Top 4, everything else would take care of itself.
This week, 2nds came to the fore. After leading 13-5 in a very tight first half, Eastwood gained a ton of momentum by scoring a converted try just before the break and then proceeded to open up a lead of 31-13 by mid-way through the 2nd half. Our blokes decided that was enough and put in 20 minutes of the best rugby 2nd grade would have played since their breakthrough 2011 premiership season. Well done boys.
Now to First grade.
It’s easy to get ahead of yourself on results like this, but this was a magnificent game. Our forwards were totally dominant and the back made full advantage of the front-foot ball they received. Souths got off to a flying start when Dewet Roos crossed for a try from a short breakdown just 3 minutes in. Converted by Rohan Saifoli, Souths were up 7-0.
Our scrum was dominant from the outset and work at the breakdown was brutal and effective. Brandon Paenga-Amosa secured a turnover near halfway and the ensuing quick ball went to the right flank for Luke Smart to score in the corner. Souths up 12-0 after 17 minutes.
Eastwood responded with a penalty goal after 24 minutes to move to 12-3, which is where the score remained until half time.
The second half continued at the same frenetic pace of the first, but finally Souths forward dominance was rewarded. After a 30 meter driving maul, Mitch Walton shot away to score near the posts. Rohan converted for a 19-3 lead after 53.
Right from the restart, Souths forwards took it to Eastwood. The pressure finally came to bear when Alex Perez intercepted a slightly loose Eastwood pass to send Ben Connolly away for a 70 meter try down the left side. Souths 26-3 after 61 minutes.
Eastwood then scored a good try from first phase to bring the score to 29-10 with a couple of minutes to go, our boys were not content and Angus Ryan scored after more massive forward pressure right on full time. Rohan converted to bring the final score to 36-10. Only University sits above us on the table, however we have a game in hand. A bonus point win against West Harbour tonight will see us move to the top of the Shute Shield table alongside Uni. Not sure this has ever been the case this late in the season.
We are hoping to see many of our supporters at Forshaw tonight. 2nd and 4th grade kick off at 6.30pm with First Grade on the main field at 8pm and 3rd grade at the same time on Number 2.
Colts play their games against Wests tonight also at Concord. We are hoping for big results across all grade to continue our move up the Club Championship ladder.
1st Grade – Souths 18 – 36 Eastwood
2nd Grade – Souths 24 – 13 Eastwood
3rd Grade – Souths 18 – 15 Eastwood
Saturday sees grade at Manly Oval and Colts will be at home to Manly
Good luck to all teams.
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