Round 9 Grade Vs Uni Roundup
Apologies for the late report this week. I am still crying in my beer.
Ladies Day at Forshaw has become quite the event. The rivalry with Sydney Uni is something we look forward to with great enthusiasm and to have such a great crowd in attendance on what turned out to be a magnificent autumn afternoon makes it that much more special.
This week, I will start with the lower grade results. We were definitely off to a seriously good start.
2nd Grade – Souths 25 – 15 Uni
3rd Grade – Souths 29 – 24 Uni
4th Grade – Souths 25 – 12 Uni
First grade started with the usual pleasantries. Sean Doyle and Tom Carter couldn’t wait to renew their friendship, although they definitely engaged in different forms of communication. One played rugby and the other did not shut up the whole match
Five minutes into the game, after some good phase play by Souths, Matt Teki was able to convert a Uni ruck infringement to open the scoring. Souths up 3-0. Uni upped the tempo from the restart and Souths found themselves defending for very long periods. 15 minutes in, Uni were finally on the board after a Souths breakdown penalty to level the scores at 3.
Souths started to gain some continuity and after some terrific phase play from the forwards, Luke Smart scored down the right flank. Matt Teki converted from out wide to get Souths a 10-3 lead. From here, Souths really took the game up a level. Great work at the breakdown, effective line speed and bruising defence opened up more opportunities. Deny Godinet received a beautiful mid field pass from Mitch Walton to break through Uni defence and set up Dewet Roos for a spectacular team try. Souths 17-3 after 30. Another Teki penalty 3 minutes later had Souths on a roll at 20-3.
In recent weeks, we have put together some really good periods of play, but the 5 minutes either side of half time have proven somewhat difficult. Uni managed a late first half try to go to the sheds down 20-8, but their try 2 minutes into the second half seriously shifted momentum. Souths up 20-15, but Uni were on a roll. The 5-10 minutes either side of half time are called the “Championship Minutes” for a reason.
Souths were now on the back foot and Uni had a wealth of possession. Exploiting some tiring ruck defence, Uni broke through to take a 22-20 lead after 53 minutes. Souths put pressure on Uni from the next restart and soon caught them offside at the breakdown. Teki landed the penalty for Souths to regain the lead 23-22 after 55.
With plenty of time on the clock, both sides knew they were in for a serious fight. Uni managed to exploit a couple of holes down the left side to take the score back to 23-27 with 10 to play. Memories of last year’s semi-final at Forshaw were coming to mind and final minutes were played at a frenetic pace. Two minutes from time, Uni were penalised at the breakdown and Mitch Walton kicked for the corner. Souths won the ensuing lineout and crashed over in front of the frenzied crowd in the Ladies tent. Unfortunately, the ref didn’t share the girls’ enthusiasm and awarded an extremely dubious penalty to Uni. The perfect day just eluding us.
While 1sts came up just short, the magnificent effort from all players in all grades must be applauded. This serves to prove that as a club, we are more than capable of taking it to anyone. I keep going on about the club championship, but if we do move into that top 4 region, everything else will take care of itself.
1st Grade – Uni 45 – 11 Souths
2nd Grade – Uni 39 – 17 Souths
3rd Grade – Uni 29 – 33 Souths
Grade heads to the hills this week to play at Penrith with the colts returning to Forshaw. Good luck to all teams. Let’s make sure we front up this week.