Clean sweep against Melbourne
5th May 2015
Saturday was a good day at the club with us defeating Melbourne in five out of six games. Our only loss was in the women’s game (sack the coach!). As a club this would be our best overall result against Melbourne for a number of years to win all the male grades and colts and the majority of the games by comfortable margins. The coachs' reviews are below and photos of the day can be seen here. Congratulations to the two 1st Grade players who played their 50th 1st Grade games on the weekend.
The Senior Grades are away to Moorabbin this week. Colts have a BYE, 4ths are away to University and the women are away to Western Districts.
Saturday brought the biggest rivalry in Victorian Rugby to the Harlequins fortress at Ashwood Reserve, with all five grades taking on Melbourne Rugby Club.
In perfect conditions on Saturday the firsts managed to overcome Melbourne Unicorns 41-27. While we were happy to come away with the win, there was a feeling of frustration and dissatisfaction after the game which is a good thing. We know we can play much better rugby than what we are playing at the moment and that is where the frustration and dissatisfaction stems from. Our execution is not quite there yet and we are not capitalizing on the chances we are creating.
It felt like we were dominant for the majority of the first half yet we only went into the break with 17-10 point lead. We blew at least 3 try scoring opportunities due to poor decision making in the first half which, had we taken would effectively had killed the game and made it easier on ourselves. A pleasing aspect of the first half was some fine breaks from Justin Marsters, Josh Meads and the set piece work from the forwards. It was fitting that the first 2 tries were scored by Justin and Sione Taufa who were playing their 50th first grade games for Quins. Juddy and Sione are still young men but leaders and much respected members in our team.
We needed to start well in the second half to force Unicorns to chase the game and to consolidate our first half dominance however once again like last week the opposition scored first and it was game on. Unicorns with momentum now had their tails up and we had a fight in our hands even though we felt we were the better team. Maradona Farao came on at halfback and was instrumental in wrestling back momentum and in us pulling away in the end. Dona brings a lot of experience and rugby nous to go with great communication and his crunching defence. He gives the players around him a lot of confidence and it's good to have him back out there on the field.
We will be looking at our breakdown work this week as we were pinged a lot on Saturday in this area. It's an ongoing work on for us as we know how important the breakdown is now in the outcome of games. We'll also be spending some time on our defence which we were really disappointed with on Saturday. We have a goal of not letting teams score more than 10 points and we let in 27 against a team whose attack didn't deserve 27 points.
Plenty to work on for us before a physical Rams side this Saturday but also happy to still be picking up wins along the way.
Second grade were looking to draw from the third's attacking errors and did so brilliantly with a massive win. 46-15 was the final score, with too many try scorers to go through it was a brilliant all-around effort that has no doubt made the rest of the competition sit up and take notice that the Quins are back. Kemu got 3 votes, 2 went to Paul Graham and Popo 1. All three have featured in the 3,2,1's in every round so far this year and appear to be enjoying their rugby greatly.
- Tries: Walsh, Kolio, Carman, Falane, O.Sialau, P.Sialau, Vaele (2)
- Conversions: Rattawattie (3)
The third grade team were tasked with continuing their good form and unbeaten start to the season. Overall the game delivered a clinical performance from the Quins, with coach Chris King pleased with the virtually impenetrable defensive line despite continued pressure from the Unicorns. The full time score didn't do the attacking pressure justice for the Quins as simple handling errors deep in attack cost a chance at a virtual blow-out. The end score was 13-7 with best players Ed Allen gaining 3 points, 2 went to Craig Stewart and 1 to James Roberts who despite coming off the bench showed skills that will no doubt see him given the opportunity to run-on in the coming weeks.
- Tries: Dennis
- Conversions: Engelbrecht
- Penalties: Engelbrecht (2)
In another change to the fixture, the fourth grade found themselves with the honour of playing the final match of the day, after first grade's win, to cement a Quins white wash of the Unicorns. It was a solid all-around effort with the team drawing from the disappointment of their last game and finishing off the old enemy 24-5. 3 votes went to Richie Andrews who took on the Melbourne defence showing little fear at the advantage line. Sam "Gaz" Davey was awarded the 2 votes and the man identified only as "Maori Steve" got 1 vote.
- Tries: Andrew, Neilson, Jones, Pene
- Conversions: Andrew, Jones
The Colts went into their fixture against Melbourne with a number of players under injury clouds, making coach Greg Fergus' job a little more difficult. However they weren't perturbed by the lack of depth, delivering a hard-fought victory over the opposition. 17-0 was how the scoreboard read at full time with the Rebel's U/20's halfback Antoni van Zyl leading the charge from fullback and claiming man of the match honours for his effort. So 3 votes to Antoni van Zyl, Ben Yap got 2 and Liam Noone with a mention with one vote.
- Tries: Kennedy, Burr, Doherty
- Conversions: Van Zyl
The lady Quins/Souths line-up are continuing solid form after a stunning victory over Northcote out at Frog Hollow last week, however due to ground maintenance, had their home game transferred to Melbourne's Orrong Park. The ladies weren't, unfortunately, able to back up their effort last week going down 10-19 but have continued with a solid performance against a far more experienced team. 19-10 was the final score and 3 votes went to Rina, 2 to Kereni and 1 to Beka.
- Tries: Beka (2)