Round 8 Colts Vs Gordon Roundup
The day was almost a perfect day to play rugby. The weather was the right temperature and there was little wind which added to a great days rugby. The players from both sides should be congratulated for the way they played and represented the jumper they were wearing. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the conduct of a couple of the Gordon officials but you cannot put brains in a statue.
All games were played at a high intensity and players from both clubs were playing for sheep stations. 3rds had a very good 24 to 12 victory after being behind 12 to 10 at halftime and put together a very dominant 2nd half which was setup by there 1st half efforts and a great squad effort. The set pieces were very strong and allowed the backs to really attack and score some nice tries.
Good effort to the players and a good response to the previous weeks lack lustre game v Parramatta and just shows how good you can be as a team if you bring your "A" game. 2nds had a massive challenge playing the 2nd colts competition leaders who have racked up some impressive wins and this was the game to show if 2nds had it in them to be a contender or just making up the numbers.
The game started at a million miles an hour with both sets of forwards ripping in and on field emotions on a knife edge. Souths settled down first and through rampaging forwards and slick backs skipped away to a 14 nil lead and then a late shoulder charge by a Gordon forward on Dan Bell resulted in a red card to the Gordon player and Dan Bell needing to eventually come off. We sort of lost our way a bit after the red card and didn't take full advantage of playing a team a man short and this is where not having experienced players like grade do becomes a factor. The guys went away from what got them the 14 points and this allowed Gordon back into the game at 14 to 12 but a late try had Souths leading at half time 19 to 12. The 2nd half started with the same intensity as the start and we were starting to win the collisions but could not deliver the winning try and at 22 all and full time we had a last shot at a penalty goal from about 45m which was pushed wide just after the Bagpipes started. Gordon broke out of their goal line and launched a last attacking raid and gave us a heart flutter but ended with a poor pass and both sides shook hands and look forward to a rematch in the 2nd round. A great effort from the guys and just shows the talent in the team.
1sts are in a real battle to stay in the mix to play in the finals and Gordon are currently 2nd and we are playing them at Chatswood Oval so the task was in front of the players. The game started like a prize fight with both sides working each other out and Souths landed the first hit with a nice try to Teo Thompson and then it was game on and at the end of the game there would be a total of 13 tries scored with Gordon bagging 7 and Souths 6 and a 45 to 38 win to Gordon. A disappointing loss and when the game is watched again the first thought would be of missed opportunities as the game was there for us to win. Gordon scored 3 tries by running 1 metre or less and 2 tries directly from our mistakes. Souths scored some good rugby tries and we just needed better ball control in contact to keep the pressure on Gordon and not give them the ball they need to play there field position game.
Overall I left Chatswood in good spirits, the effort by all the players was great as expected and there attitude could not be faulted and if we can bring the same attitude next Saturday against Sydney Uni then we are a massive chance of 3 good victories which very few clubs have achieved over the past 12 plus years and this must be our driving ambition during this weeks training.
Our fitness and game physicality is right up there and we wont be out muscled or run over by another team we just need to keep working on improving and make our weaknesses into one of our strengths.
Bring on Uni next week and either they will school us or we will school them!
A big rebel yell to Lachlan King who played a full game in 2nds at Tight Head prop and then had to go on in 1sts after 15 minutes when Ezra Malolo injured his ankle and played until replaced with 6 minutes to play Well done Lachy and i am sure you slept well Saturday night. Good thing you are a stayer and not a sprinter.