Round 16 vs Randwick Round Up
Randwick is always a fixture we look forward to. Not only was the Sir Roden Cutler Shield up for grabs, but so to was the opportunity of taking sole lead at the top of the Shute Shield table.
Souths started the game with great intent. Constant pressure led to a Randwick yellow for an intentional foul after 7 minutes. DeWet Roos scored almost immediately, darting away from an ensuing 5 metre scrum sto score next to the posts. Rohan Saifoloi converted for 7-0 lead after 10 minutes.
However, a man down, Randwick hit back straight away. Pressuring Souths on the ensuing kick off, Randwick was able to take advantage of a poor exit. From the ensuing lineout, Randwick put the ball through the hands to score in the right corner, which was converted and tied the scores at 7 after 13 minutes. Randwick then played field position and caught Souths offside at the breakdown. Penalty converted for a Randwick 7-10 lead after 17 minutes.
Souths kicked into gear from the restart and crossed immediately back into Randwick territory. Slick handling, good forward carries and great breakdown work saw Apolosi Latunipulu score in the right corner after a great lead up and multiple phases. 12-10 after 20 minutes. Randwick, now back at full strength, respond almost immediately with a try and Souths also ended up with their own yellow card for deliberate knockdown. 12-15 after 24.
The game then went back and forth for the remainder of the half, however Randwick launched one final raid right on the siren to score and open a 12-20 lead right on half time.
Souths knew they had to start the 2nd half strongly and attacked for the bulk of the opening 10 minutes, only to make uncharacteristic errors at inopportune times. Randwick absorbed this pressure and managed a try from short line out for a 12-25 lead 15 minutes into the 2nd half.
Finally, Souths scrum came to the fore. After grinding the Randwick pack on multiple occasions, Souths were awared a penalty try Pen try to close the scores to 19-25 after 65. Randwick were awarded a penalty within kicking distance to widen the gap again to 19-28 after 70.
Souths upped the ante again and after gaining field position, Macrus Carbone crashed over from a lineout to close the scores again to 24-28, but sadly ran out of time.
The boys were extremely disappointed that they could not get over the line in front of a huge crowd. We have one final home game against Penrith, before heading to Woollahra for the season ending game against Easts. 2 more wins should secure us a home semifinal.
Souths 24 (Roos, Latunipulu, Carbone, Pen Try, Saifoloi 2 goals) vs Randwick 28
4th grade SD 25-R'W 19
3rd grade SD 12- R'W 34
2nd grade SD 17- R'W40
1st Grade – Souths 24 – 36 Randwick
2nd Grade – Souths 24 – 33 Randwick
3rd Grade – Souths 22 – 25 Randwick
Please note that this week is FREE ENTRY into Forshaw. Please come down and support the boys. All grades are still in with a chance of making the finals, so all support will be great appreciated.