Round 7 Grade Vs Parramatta Roundup
A very good weekend for the club winning six of seven fixtures against a clearly resurgent Parramatta club.
First grade definitely had our work cut out for us. Parramatta showed up in every facet of the game and we were made to work extremely hard to squeeze out a one-point victory.
A very strong start by Souths saw us attacking from the outset. Luke Smart crossed for the opening try 5 minutes in after some good, all round lead up work that saw strong carries from the forwards and the back line linking for some good attacking raids. Matt Teki was successful with a penalty a few minutes later to take us to an 8-0 lead after 15 minutes.
From there, Parramatta regrouped and really took it to us. Ours scrum did not enjoy the dominance we had previously been used to and Parramatta closed the score to 8-5 after a set piece try. Souths responded fairly quickly and after some strong carries by the forwards, in particular Alex Perez, Chris Nay was able to cross over for his first against his former club. Souths 13-5 after 27 minutes.
Parramatta hit back almost immediately, exploiting some poor ruck defence to close the score to 13-12 at half time.
Souths defence was immediately under pressure from the restart with Parramatta dominating possession and field position. After a number of attacking raids, Parramatta found a gap close to the breakdown and took the lead 13-19, 13 minutes into the second half.
Souths finally got some continuity in possession and after some good lead up work and improved tactical kicking, Mitch Walton put Chris Nay over for his second from a very good set piece move. Souths back in front 20-19.
Immediately from the restart, Souths moved the ball back into Parramatta territory and Chris Nay registered a hat-trick. Souths 27-19 with 10 to go. A Souths error from the restart saw Parramatta in good field position and forced a breakdown penalty, resulting in a Souths yellow card. From the ensuing lineout, Parra scored under the posts to bring the scoreline back to 27-26.
Souths, forced to play a man down, managed to keep the ball in Parramatta territory. Parra were forced to go heavily on the attack, but our defence held strong.
Souths 27 (Nay 3, Smart Tries – Teki 2 convs, Pen) – Parramatta 26
This week, grade returns to Forshaw to play Gordon in our “Back to St George” day. These “Back To” days are always popular and we look forward to getting home and having another strong day infront of our sponsors and supporters. This week is also our first televised game of the season, so anyone who can’t get to the game can see it on 7TWO at 3pm.
2nd Grade – Parramatta 34 - 42 Souths
3rd Grade – Parramatta 12 – 42 Souths
4th Grade – Parramatta 24 – 28 Souths
1st Grade – Souths 33 – 5 Parramatta
2nd Grade – Souths 28 – 31 Parramatta
3rd Grade – Souths 19 – 17 Parramatta
A good weekend for our Club Championship ambitions, however we still remain in seventh place overall. We will be looking to improve over the next few weeks with some extremely important fixtures ahead.