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We collated a team of players based from our Colts group and with a couple of extras from Grade. We trained for 45mins at the end of our team sessions on the Thursday night, to give us a snap shot of the skills required for this form of the game.
We arrived in Kiama at 7:30am for the first game of the tournament against Droppoint, a local rugby league team.
The players were shocked at the pace of the game, and were exposed in their ability to make one-on-one tackles. We lost 12-0 and the boys were genuinely disappointed at their lack of impact.
Our next game pitted us against Parramatta, who had a plethora of 1st Grade players like Iesea Leota and Dan Yakapo. Our focus as a group was to show a greater intensity at the tackle and ruck, and provide linespeed to cut down their attacking weapons.
The game did not start well with an early try from Parra. Our boys regrouped and started playing rugby and controlled the game in their half.
From a good turnover at the ruck, the ball was moved across several hands, finally landing in Tomas Cleary’s with the line wide open, and he successfully scored the try 20m in from touch.
Josh Kay, slotted the difficult goal to put the team in front and the final score stayed 7-5.
A massive win for the boys – the upset of the tournament for a bunch of guys that had finished school only 4 months earlier.
Unfortunately the loss in the first round, did not give us enough points to proceed into the knockout stage. But the experience of taking it to the 2012 semi-finalist and winning has taught the boys they are capable of anything in this game.
Special thank you to Jack Fizzel who unfortunately missed out on playing a game, but his support was invaluable.