Round 5 Grade vs Norths Round Up
After a disappointing loss to a well drilled Eastern Suburbs in round 4, this game was important to see how we would rebound. Much work was done during the week on restarts, kick chase, exit plays and phase defence – all areas where we felt we lacked impact against Easts. Having played Norths in the pre-season, we knew they would be a strong attacking side and our structure would be extremely important against them.
The game started at a cracking pace, with Norths dominating possession for much of the opening 10 minutes. Our defensive structure held well and Norths were on the receiving end of some stinging tackles from Sean Doyle, Fili Tufui and Deny Godinet. However, the benefit of having so much early ball resulted in a Norths converted try to put us down by 7.
Our forwards are continuing to dominate their opposition. The scrum has been a massive weapon over the past few seasons and this tradition continues, providing a solid platform for our talented backline. Finally gaining the upper hand in possession, we managed to gain the advantage with fast paced attack and dominant forward play, especially at the set piece. Duncan Chubb opened the scoring for us with his first try in 4 years. Sean Doyle crossed soon after and we went to the break, up 12-7.
The second half opened in similar fashion with constant pressure forcing Norths into errors. The forwards continued their five game streak of scrum based tries with a penalty try (each game this year has yielded either a pushover or penalty try). Luke Smart crossed out wide to give us a 26-7 lead.
The game tightened late with Norths closing the score to 26-17 with around 10 minutes to go. Jason Hofmeyr converted a couple of long range penalty goals to put the game beyond reach.
As mentioned, Mitch Walton, Rohan Saifoloi, Fili Tufui and Deny Godinet were all prominent. Rahboni Vasoyaco continues to grow with his dominant midfield carries. However, Sean Doyle was immense and there are many inside backs keeping a watchful eye on where he is on the field. It is only a matter of time before he gets them.
As always, a massive thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. This week, we head to TG Milner to take on Eastwood for what is always a big game. We hope to see many of our supporters make the trip north. With some interesting results in other matches, we head into week 6 in second place on the ladder behind Randwick. Final Score – Souths 32 (Chubb, Doyle, Smart, Penalty Try – Teki 3 cons, Hofmeyr 2 Pens) Norths 17.
2nd Grade – Souths 23-31 Norths
3rd Grade – Souths 10-45 Norths
4th Grade – Souths 13-21
1st Grade – Norths 33-14 Souths
2nd Grade – Norths 25-7 Souths
3rd Grade – Norths 34-27 Souths
We are extremely focussed on lifting our standings in the Club Championship. Souths currently lie sixth, but have fallen a little flat in lower grades and colts the past couple of weeks after a very strong start. We are looking for a much improved effort from our lower grades and colts over the next few weeks, especially as we are now starting to see some prominent players return from injury.