Match Day at Endeavour Hills
30th Apr 2015
Match Day Summary
The club had a fairly successful day on Saturday with all teams winning with the exception of the Colts who after two undefeated years have lost their second game in a row in what is looking a very even and high level competition this year amongst the top four teams. 1st Grade had a commanding 49-19 win, 2nd Grade just got over the line with a 30-28 victory and 3rd Grade remain undefeated with a 43-3 win.
The girls had their first win of the year over the Uni Panthers (Melb Uni & Northern) 30-19 with Ashleigh Marsters scoring five tries – great effort by the girls with many playing injured and sick to ensure that we had 15 players for the game.
Colts were the only team to go down, playing after 1st Grade and in the worst of the weather conditions with a number of injuries and unavailable back line players the team is competing well in the pack but getting burnt out wide.
1st XV versus Endeavour hills
It was nice to drive away from Endeavour Hills and head back up the Monash with five points that were much needed to stay in touch with the top of the points table. In a confidence building performance we managed to come away with a 49-14 point win against a Hills team that could be a banana skin for teams at home if they are taken lightly.
Once again we didn't get off to a good start with Hills scoring the first try in both the first and second halves. Having the first try scored against us seemed to be the kick up the backside we needed and for the rest of the first half we played some of the best rugby we have played all season. Our set piece was dominant and achieved the forwards goal of winning 25% of the opposition ball and our backs were a lot more accurate in their skill execution. A special mention to Angus Arundel who started his first game and anchored a dominant scrum with Tim Ridgeway that yielded a few tight heads and had Hills under all sorts of pressure.
One of the most pleasing aspects of Saturday's performance was the way we were able to make ground up the middle which opened up space for our backs to finish out wide. Once again Ta Hosea was outstanding in providing go forward and was assisted by a tireless Sione Taufa starting his first game since returning from Sri Lanka. The great work done by the forwards was well finished by an exciting back line with Bill Valetini, Leo Taliu and Justin Marsters once again shining. Bill is getting better with each outing and it's quite scary to think how good he could be if he fulfills his potential.
As well as the boys played, it was nice to hear them confirm after the game that there is still a lot of improvement left and lots of work to be done to get there. I'd say we are probably playing at 60% of where we would like to be and will be working hard to make up that 40% before the business end of the season. We'll be looking at our penalty count around the breakdown this week as we were heavily penalized in that area in the second half.
The boys are gaining confidence every week and will be looking forward to playing the Melbourne Unicorns at home next Saturday.