Newsletter 25th May 2017

RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY

We will not be having a repeat of the behaviours and actions that were unfortunately so evident in the clubrooms last Saturday night. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the clubrooms and facilities are treated with respect, by ourselves and by our visitors.
There are a number of you who will be having a close eye kept on you over the following weeks – please heed this warning.

IMPORTANT SEASON DATES

27th May – Quiz Night – get your teams sorted. $5 per person, max 5 per team. All proceeds go towards end of season prizegiving. Places still available, register on the facebook event here

18th July – Team Photos

22nd July – Party Bus Trip

16th Sept – Prizegiving

DRAW

Div 1 vs Christchurch – Christchurch Park 2:45pm

Div 2 vs Suburbs – Ilam 1 1:00pm

Div 3 vs HSOB – Bob Deans 2 2:45pm

Women vs Suburbs – Hoon Hay 1 1:00pm

Colts Prem vs Christchurch – Ilam 4 1:00pm

Colts vs Merivale Papanui – Nunweek 1 1:00pm

DUTY

Team – Div 3

Bar Manager – Hannah Rodrigues

Lock Up – Lofty

Please note team duty is slightly different to previous years as we have staff manning the bar. However, duty teams are still expected to:

1) stock the fridge

2) clear away  empty bottles and glasses

3) stack empty crates out in the chiller

4) be on hand to help with wiping down tables and putting up chairs at the end of the night

Thank you for you help with this as it makes life much easier for all concerned.

DIV 1 – COURTESY OF THE CRFU WEBSITE

At Ilam: Lincoln University 43 (Nick Werahiko 3, Brett Cameron, Caleb Makene, Jonno Osborne, Brad Lake tries; Cameron 3 conv; Finn Strawbridge conv) beat University 10 (Trent Lawn try; Marty McKenzie conv, pen). HT: 24-3. Sin-bin: Cam Watkins (University), Sam Godwin (University). Referee: Mike Winter (Waikato).

It was pretty much the same again from Lincoln University, although they played it tighter than last week and took 36min (rather than 18min) to seal the bonus point. Playing with the wind in the second half, the visitors kept University pinned in their own territory for almost all of the 40min. Despite the dominance, they could produce “only” three tries after the break, as against four the previous Saturday.

University’s try came 3min from the end, after the side finally broke out. A Lincoln overthrow at a defensive lineout close to their line gave substitute hooker Trent Lawn the easiest of touchdowns. The fact that five of Lincoln’s tries were scored by forwards tells the story of a muscular approach in difficult conditions. It’s not often you can describe a try after a driving maul from a lineout as pretty but the 15m surge on the 18min mark was verging on the beautiful. The orchestrated movement gave Nick Werahiko the second of his three tries. They were all part of a full pack performance but the hooker did as much as anybody to get the side into scoring positions.

Brad Lake, playing this time at No.8, and Jonno Osborne, mostly at lock and later as blindside flanker, must have lost more sweat than a gypsy with a mortgage as they carried the ball to and through the opposition. Tighthead prop Joel Hintz had a slice of the action as well. The backs had one really special moment, combining in the first half to slip Caleb Makene away. The fullback hit the pass like a bat out of hell, split the defence down the middle, then found Brett Cameron ranging perfectly in support for a super try.

For University, No.8 Sam Godwin, No.6 Morgyn Cowan and lock Caleb Aperahama gave it their best shot. James Tofa looked likely at times in midfield. Right wing Tailah Love and first-five Myles Thoroughgood combined once in the first half to almost produce a try but the bright spots were few and far between.

Hawkins Medal (MVP): Nick Werahiko (Lincoln University) 3, Jonno Osborne (Lincoln University) 2, Brad Lake (Lincoln University) 1.

WOMENS –

Power packed University beat Lincoln University 74-12 in the women’s curtain-raiser.
International Kendra Cocksedge and Black Ferns wider training group member Jessie Hansen (a daughter of the All Black coach) played the first half for the home side. Jessie Hansen’s sister Whitney was in assistant coach mode but was ready to come on near the end, without quite making it.

Right wing Anezka Sladkova scored four tries for University while wing-cum-fullback Melanie Puckett notched three. Fiona Wright showed a ton of speed for a lock and Greer O’Rourke also stood out.

For Lincoln, hooker Rebecca Todd led from the front while Jade Bowen, “brand new” to rugby, played a full game at halfback on debut. Sophie Gualter performed well as a substitute flanker, lifting the intensity of the side, and Becky Davidson was solid in midfield.

DIV 2 – COURTESY OF WALLY

The Yams were looking to get their season back on track on Saturday after underperforming the previous week against Burnside. This year’s club day saw the Yams up against Lincoln University and were looking for their first win against the rival University in over 4 years. With news of star halfback, Jaden Wallace, potentially out for the season, the Yams needed to find something special to beat the undefeated Lincoln. Pre-game confusion around field allocation meant the Division 2 clash would be played on sub-par ground conditions. Despite the hole left at halfback, the Yams were fielding possibly their strongest XV of the season, with the return of Henry Boon and Jussi Viljanen to the midfield, and try-scoring specialist, Nic Brooker, to the right wing.

Despite the windy and muddy conditions, the Yams chose to play running rugby early on. The handling was superb, eventually leading to Brooker finding space out wide, who galloped down the right flank before making light work of the fullback to score the first try of the match. Jamie Newman obliged with the boot and the Yams went up 7-0 after 5 minutes. Moments later, after continuing to keep the ball in hand, Jussi Viljanen broke the line from his own half and was able to link up with fellow midfielder, Henry Boon, who crossed over for the Yams second. Lincoln eventually were able to take advantage of the wind at their backs and dominated territory for the remainder of the half. Although defending nobly for the better part of 25 minutes, two lapses in concentration allowed Lincoln to level the score to 12-12 at oranges.

The message at halftime was simple for the Yams- kick the ball down-breeze and let Lincoln make mistakes. The plan worked to perfection as Lincoln barely found themselves outside their own 22 for the majority of the half. Eventually territory turned into points and Henry Boon crossed over for his second. Continuing with the same game plan, the points continued to tick over, with Trent Sherlock kicking 3 penalties in the second half to give the Yams a 28-12 lead. Lincoln’s attempt to fight back was futile, as any metres gained was sent back with interest by the boot of Henry Boon. The Yams were unable to claim a 4-try bonus point in the dying stages but were ecstatic with the long awaiting win.

Final Score: 28-12 Win vs Lincoln University

Tries: Nic Brooker, Henry Boon (2)

Conversions: Jamie Newman (1/2), Trent Sherlock (1/1)

Penalties: Trent Sherlock (3/3)

Man of the Match: Henry Boon

 

DIV 3 TIGERS – COURTESY OF GRIMACE

The Tigers notched up their fourth win on the trot on Saturday with a come from behind victory over a Burnside team that came out firing. Down 19 – 5 at half time after playing into the fairly stiff breeze, some inspired substitutions in the second half enabled the Tigers to pile the pressure on their opponents, scoring a couple of well worked tries, and the victory was clinched with about three minutes to go with yet another try to livewire Second Five, Tim O’Neill. Mike Nicholl kicked his third conversion of the day and the final score was 26 – 22.
This final game of the first round saw the Tigers in second place on the table, equal on points with HSOB but behind on points difference. We now play a second round robin against the other top four teams from the other section and have few tougher games to come before the end of the season.

Tim O’Neill was player of the day.

COLTS PREM – COURTESY OF RYAN COOKSON

Premier Colts came up against Marist Albion this recent Saturday.

The game started with Marist applying a lot of pressure in our own 22m. Because of the strong head wind, we failed to exit our red zone allowing them to go in a few times. Towards the end of the first half we started to build pressure by holding onto the ball and building phases.

We ended up scoring of a scrum at halfway as a ball was kicked through and scored by Kyle Fern. The second half didn’t start as well as expected as they breached our defences a few times and scored. After we finally got into their 22m, we decided to keep it tight and Mataio Pou went in after a pick and go close to the line. With time running out Matt Jannet sliced open their defences by hitting a gap and putting the foot down.

The game finished with a 34-17 loss. Player of the day was Mataio Pou

COLTS RESERVE – COURTESY OF TIM WEIR

UC development colts played HSOB on Saturday in wet, cold conditions. Playing at 2:45, the field was in a challenging condition which changed the game and our style of attack.

Despite the tough conditions, the team applied early pressure but couldn’t convert it into points. Following a stoppage in play and a change of fields, HSOB began to take control. Their attacking efforts were hampered by long passages of strong defence, although eventually letting in 2 penalties and a try.

Player of the day was captain Callum Taylor, for his strong defence and leadership. Final score, 11-0 HSOB.

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