1st XV SASC V Redfield College
On Saturday we travelled to Dural to play against a formidable opponent in Redfield College. Redfield traditionally has been a tough matchup. We came into the game with some excellent training through the week and the boys were mentally and physically prepared. The game started well for us, as we were able to score our first try off a well-executed set piece play with a physical carry to the line from Charlie Harris off the back of excellent teamwork. Approximately 10 minutes later we scored again with another set piece play with Darnell Polsen punishing his way over the line. Jack Cooper kept the scoring going with another try on the wing. Redfield were able to get one try before the end of half. Angus Parsons completed the scoring in the first half with a penalty conversion. At the half we were leading 20 to 7. Redfield came out with a more robust scrum and were able to pressure our boys into a few penalties leading into another try for them. The game was tight for the first 15 minutes of the second but eventually our pressure wore our opponents out and we started to find the gaps in their defense. Hamish Siegert led the backline and set up tries by Andy Jackman, Riley Monico and William Webb. The boys were dominant for most of the game, sound execution of set piece plays, excellent defense and good patience. An outstanding performance.
SASC 34 V RC 14
Best Performances: Nick Betts, Hamish Siegert, Jack Cooper.
Coaches: R. Freeman, D. Bailey
SASC 2nd v Kinross Wolaroi School 3rd
A cold and windy day saw the 2nd XV depart from the College knowing it was going to be difficult to warm up and switch on under such conditions. They alighted and booted up quickly and before they knew it they were playing rugby! With a number of players away, the team worked reasonably well together given the conditions. We experienced a lot of possession at the start but were not willing to aggressively hit the ball and get it past the gain line. This led to a number of frustrating turnovers but our defence was not to be questioned. Moving up in line and hitting the opposition before they got a roll-on was the best part of our game and we proved that defence is the key to winning games. Callum McClymont, the player of the day, had an outstanding game supporting in attack, making a number of barnstorming runs, tackling fiercely and scoring a wonderful try. Joey O’Neill chimed in many times, offloading well to support and was unlucky to have a try disallowed. Jack McCudden, a courageous young player, grew ten feet tall in the second half as did captain Max Corbett, who led from the front all game. Liam Francis, Harry Price, Jake Leech and Rowan Savage tried their hearts out, creating much of the recycled possession the team received. The backs displayed excellent handling given the conditions and it was this that led to a solid Ben Radford try. Anson Biggs and Archer Carroll directed play very well around the ruck whilst Jack Dickenson and Will Munroe were both solid in defence and attack. Will chased a full-field runaway intercept and caused Kinross to falter, preventing a certain try that would have won Kinross the game. Will Thomas, Hugh Neil and Baxter Rivett were safe on the wings and Oliver Hoey, playing in one of his first rugby games, enjoyed it immensely. Well done boys! Thanks to Marcus Croft and John Cranfield for their wonderful assistance and support.
Final Score 12-10 (Try scorers: Ben Radford, Callum McClymont Conversion(s): Archer Carroll (1).
U16 Match report v Redfield
Starting the game with some disruption and fatigue, the U16’s fronted up fabulously to a strong and sizable Redfield team. An early try for Redfield did little to stall SASC 16’s energy who hit back through a devastating run from Oliver Manners and Charlie Rendall Conversion to tie up the scores at 7-7. Excellent tackling and furious ball carrying from Christian Blasig, Jack Graf, Clancy Harvey and Hugh Argent-Smith gave SASC control towards the end of the first half with Christian Blasig crossing after a powerful surge giving SASC a deserved 14-7 lead at half time.
It was however a tough opening to the second half with Redfield regathering their spirit and organisation to hit back with some tries of their own, capitalising on multiple mistakes from SASC in their own half. It was not all doom and gloom though with the U16’s showing off their prowess at scrum time, taking on a powerful Redfield pack on their own paddock and continuing to resist their advances valiantly with exciting running from Sam Neill and Tom Cox.
The fatigue began to take its toll the boys who had put in a massive shift following a number of injuries. There was however one last surge left in the tank as the U16’s fought their way towards the Redfield line to once again see Christian Blasig score to take a final score to 40-19 to Redfield.
The boys wish to thank the travelling support for their assistance during the day.
Players of the Day: Christian Blasig, Hugh Argent-Smith, Sam Neil, Tom Cox
Coach: Mr R. Freeman, Mr P. Koen
U13 Match report v Redfield
On Saturday, the Under 13s Rugby team travelled to Sydney to play Redfield College. With a few players out with inquires and representative duties, it was always going to be tough contest. Right from the whistle, Redfield dominated in and around the ruck. Tries came easily for Redfield as their forward pack cleaned out well and provided clean ball for their backs. Although the tries mounted up, the boys never stopped trying. With some creative ball play and pod work from the forwards, Albert Telford scored in the corner just before half time. Lachlan Nelson was outstanding in defence with some bone crunching tackles. After a draw and a win, this loss was a hard pill to swallow for the lads. They are to be congratulated for never giving up and playing the game fairly and respectfully.
Player of the match: Lachlan Nelson