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Colts Wrap Vs Penrith

Last weekend was Round 5 of the Colts premiership, and we welcomed Penrith Colts to Forshaw. With some good weather and Forshaw rugby field in great condition, some serious running rugby was both expected, and delivered. 

3rd Grade Colts started the day, but it was Penrith who were first on the board after withstanding some blowtorch pressure from Souths in the opening exchanges. Some poor decisions and wrong angle running were playing into the Penrith strengths of strong inside defence, and with a lot of league players in the Penrith player ranks, this was making the game easy for them. Surprisingly, Penrith skipped away to a 17-nil lead, but a good try by Souths right on halftime had us close enough to win the game if good enough.

Some changes to the way that the team played in the 2nd half had them looking much better, and they started to stretch the Penrith defence, forcing the defenders to make decisions that they weren’t used to. The tries started to flow, and the boys ground out a tough 27-22 victory.

The bar had been set pretty high by 3rd Grade in the 2nd half of their game, and 2nd Grade Colts set out to maintain the standard. The team put in a very strong 70 minute performance, with some nice attacking movements, strong scrummaging and lineout work, and some solid defence, eventually running out winners by 50-17. The coaches might have been a bit disappointed about conceding 17 points, but in fairness this is one of the best Penrith Colts group I have seen in a number of years.

1st Grade Colts came out full of confidence on the back of two excellent wins over Norths and Gordon in the past two weeks, and from the kick off Souths moved straight into their patterns in attack and defence, and set up a winning lead with four tries in the first 20 minutes. The ball control and support play was outstanding, and the game was played at a pace that Penrith just couldn’t match.

There were some exciting long range tries with Nathan Lawson scoring two of them (to add to his two from scrum push-overs) and giving the last pass for another two, but it was the good lead-up work by the team that allowed Nathan and the others to really cut loose.

In the end 1st Grade ran out winners, 86-7, and while it was disappointing that Penrith grabbed a late try, I think they did deserve to get a try. The Penrith boys put in a pretty fair effort, and to be fair, they’re one of the best 1st Grade Colts sides that Penrith have put on the field - unfortunately for them, they just came up against a very committed and focused Souths team.

Well done to everyone involved, and thanks to all the supporters who were there! And if you’d like to watch some fast-paced rugby played with commitment, passion and skill, then you should come along and watch the Colts.

Finally, I want give a big rebel yell to Angus Duvall, the younger brother of our Colts 1st Grade centre Hamish, who was injured on Saturday playing for Newington College in a 1st XV match against Oakhill College. On behalf of the entire Southern Districts community of players, officials and supporters, I’d like to wish Angus all the best in his recovery, and I look forward to seeing him in the near future down at Forshaw enjoying a day’s rugby.

Keith Holmes

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