NSW 2 vs Combined States – Game 1
The opening game of the tournament saw NSW 2’s play Combined States. Connor hickey from Narrabeen sports high opened the account the NSW boys after a well worked passage of play that utilized their pace out wide to score in the corner. They scored shortly after when David Tejecko ran under the posts through some poor defence from the Combined States outside backs the score 12-0.Strong scrums from the combined states side led to some strong field territory midway through the first half and 5/8 Jude Gibbs stepped his way through for Combined States first points of the match score 12-5.Brett Wellington made an early claim for a schoolboy’s position with his strong defence helping get the crowd off their seats.
Malachi Hawkes barged over l for NSW which gave them a strong lead with five minutes remaining in the half, the score 19-5.Combined States Scrum half Nick Murray exploited a tiring defence and skipped over bringing the score to 19-12 helping closing the gap on the lead. Shortly after Dylan Saunders crossed over pushing through an ever-weakening NSW defence bringing the score to 19-17 going into half time. Archer Holtz started the second half well charging over for NSW on the back of a sinbin to the combined states 22 for a late shot on winger Jackson Stewart score 26-17.
Joshua Rizk made a strong statement scoring a great chip and chase try down the right wing in what was to many the play of the game, score 31-17.Ben Bryden scored through providing hope to a tiring Combined States side by finishing off a well worked passage of play bringing the score to 31-22 with 10 minutes remaining.Joshua Rizk broke through enemy lines scoring his second for the match helping take a commanding lead 45-22 late in the match. New South Wales 2’s took out the match 45-22 making a statement for this year’s tournament.
Victoria vs NSW 1’s
NSW 1’s opened the game well in the early minutes scoring through Hooker Billy Pollard capitalising off a strong run from Fred Tricks down the right-hand sideline, the score 7-0.
NSW scored what could be the easiest try of the tournament when scrumhalf Lachlan Albert ran through off an over thrown line out bringing the score to 12-0.
A high tackle by the NSW blindside flanker —– lent the Victorians a chance to capitalised against 14 men but it was NSW who didn’t lack in attack running through poor defence with the help of a strong run from JJ Walton stretching the lead out to 19-0. NSW scored only seconds later through another strong run from the Scots College winger Fred Tricks who popped the ball inside to Lachlan albert who ran in for his second try for the day. Joe Walton extended their lead running through flimsy defence, the score 26-0. Another try to NSW who built up strong pressure running over again down the right side 32-0. Thomas Lambert runs through a Victorian defence that is lacking pressure through the middle of the field the score 47-0 at the half.
Fred tricks scored his third try for the game midway through the second half all but sealing the victory against a much-improved Victorian defence that took a lot longer to break through, the score 54-0. Another try to NSW through built up pressure leading to a simple try down the left wing scored from blindside flanker Luke Rheimer. Victoria scored their first try for the tournament down the left wing from Lai Tuilake who used his size and power to bust through NSW lines, score 54-5. Fred Tricks bagged his fourth try for the match from a well-timed intercept stunning the Victorian backs. Another intercept late in the game to Fred Tricks helping himself to his fifth try for the match sealing a very convincing victory for NSW 1’s 80-5.
ACT vs QLD 2s
The first 20 minutes of the match was all about defence both teams struggle to get past each other’s lines forcing errors on both sides of the park. Isaac Crowe was doing his best to get the ACT boys through the strong Queensland defence and the breakthrough came late in the half when ACT Winger Tom Haddad scored a brilliant try down the left side stepping in and out of the Queensland defence opening the scoring 7-0.The rest of the half was similar to that of the start both teams fought to break through in attack as defence from both sides was strong. ACT held the lead going into the second half.
The second half started with the ACT backline running well structured attacks which provided many opportunities to score. Fullback Brendan Jimenez broke through the Queensland defence and it was almost a certain try to last year’s Australian Barbarians Fullback but an inside step stopped momentum and was brought up short of the line. Queensland were under pressure and were penalised at the ruck Jimenez looked to the posts rather than opting for touch and added 3 points taking the lead out to 10-0. Prop David Teo Teo crossed the line in the dying seconds for ACT who finished victorious 18-0 against a Qld 2’s team who will be looking to improve from this performance on Tuesday.
QLD 1’S VS WA
The last match of the day sees a strong Queensland 1s side come up against a Western Australia looking to prove themselves. The first few minutes was an arm wrestle at the breakdown and Queensland were able to break through WA’s defence as prop Zane Noggor took the risk of going himself rather than handing off to a 4 on 2 and it paid off crossing over for the first points of the match, score 7-0. Queensand winger Glen Waihu was a struggle to contain for Western Australia and his fancy footwork led to the second try of the match, score 12-0. Queensland took control of the match and ran in five tries to round out the first half with Glen Vaihu grabbing a first half hat-trick the score 50-0 at the half.
The second half was a different WA, their defence was a vast improvement of that in the first. Reece Anapu opened WA’s account running from half way to outpace the Queensland backs to score under the posts, score 50-7. Toso Pa added another for WA shortly after brining the score to 55-14. Queensland would have the last say with winger Glen Vaihu crossing for his forth try helping seal the victory. A much-improved WA side in the second half that were able to keep the Queenslanders to only 24 points if they can keep this up going into their next couple of games they could scalp a win. Final score 67-12 to Queensland.