SASC 1st XV v Blue Mountains Grammar School 1st XV
A cold but sunny start to the day at Blue Mountains Grammar School. The 1st XV came out firing scoring early with some nice footwork by Lachlan Woods close to the try line. After our first try, we found it difficult to maintain any continuity within the team however, the boys can be praised for their ambition. We played the game that BMGS wanted and not our game, trying to run through the middle rather than use our speed out wide and this was costly. We made several handling errors and were unable to maintain any structure. With 15 minutes to go in the first half, we regained some composure after a blazing try down the wing by Cody Green. However, we then let our guard down and allowed BMGS to get a fortunate try. It was a tight first half until the final minutes where Andy Jackman was able to slice through the defence with a try and secure the conversion. At the break, we were leading 17 to 7. The boys listened to the coaches at the half-time break and they brought their A-game in the second. Straight away we dominated the half from start to finish with devastating tackling by Zac Allen and Darnell Polsen who led the way. Will Stanmore scored the first of two tries with an unbelievable run down the wing for a 50-metre try. Darnell Polsen, Will Stanmore and Baxter Rivett finished with a flurry to finalise the scoring. Andy Jackman converted three more conversions. BMGS was able to score again in the final 30 seconds to round out their scoring.
A tough first half with a battle of the forwards for both teams, but once we locked in our game plan we never looked back with a strong second half. A credit to all the boys. SASC 1st XV currently sit in 2nd Place on the ladder and look ahead to facing off in a blockbuster 1st v 2nd game against Central Coast Grammar School this Saturday 5th June on Main Oval, Campus East (Scots).
Final Score: SASC 1st XV 43-14 BMGS 1st XV
Coaches: Mr R. Freeman and Mr D. Bailey
SASC 2nd XV v KWS 4ths
In the first round of the ISA Division 1 4th grade competition, our 2nd XV learnt a very important lesson in terms of how crucial competition at the breakdown is in a game of rugby. Kinross Wolaroi were willing to clean out effectively and use the pick and drive to their advantage. Thus we found ourselves on the back foot on many occasions trying to defend against bigger boys moving forward.
There were some individual phases of play that resulted in us moving the ball downfield well, one particular occasion resulting in a very good team try to Bill Bremner. Scores were locked at 5-5 at half time and had we decided to run straight, support and commit at the breakdown the result could have been very different. Guy Neill never stopped trying in both attack and defence and was the best player on the field for SASC.
Jack Dickenson proved on a number of occasions that running straight and hard was a good way to gain valuable metres rather than drifting across the field. This will need to be worked on at training, as will showing more commitment and aggression at the breakdown. Charlie Davis played a very competitive game. Anson Biggs and Archer Carroll are starting to look up and assess their options which will continue to improve in time with practice. Thank you to Mr Croft for once again supporting the coaching staff and the 2nd XV.
Final Score: SASC 2nd XV 5-17 KWS 4th XV
Coaches: Mr P. O’Neill & Mr M. Croft
SASC U14 v BMGS U14
The U14’s travelled to BMGS following a run of strong results. It was however an easy win in the end as BMGS had conceded the points before our arrival due to a lack of players to fulfil the team. In the spirit of the game, SASC agreed to play 9-a-side games across three-thirds giving some of the boys a different challenge, with wide-open spaces to enjoy in attack and fear in defence.
It was an enjoyable afternoon with BMGS putting SASC under pressure early before SASC confidently strode home for the victory with James Mills, Kade O’Connell and Rudi Schwartz all making a big impact on the game.
Coaches: Mr C. Jackman