Newsletter 6th July 2017

CONGRATULATIONS

To Connor O’Leary who ticked off his 50th Div 1 game on Saturday, and also to Matt “Lofty” Donaldson who cracked 100 for the Tigers. A well deserved effort from both players!

TEAM PHOTOS Tuesday 18th July, Schedule to come next week.

IMPORTANT SEASON DATES

18th July – Team Photos

19th August – Party Bus Trip

16th Sept – Prizegiving

DRAW

Div 1 vs Sydenham, 2:45pm, Hospital Corner 1

Div 2 vs Shirley, 1:00pm, Burwood 1

Colts Prems vs Linwood, 1:00pm, Linfield 1

Div 3 vs New Brighton Gold, 2:45pm, Ilam 1

Women BYE

Colts Res vs LU Dags – game deferred

DUTY

Team – Div 1

Bar Manager – Hannah Rodrigues

Lock Up – Daniel Barr

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 4: University 40 (Nic Brooker 2, Brad Hemopo 2, Seamus Bardoul, Jared Mitchell tries; Bardoul 2 conv, 2 pen) beat New Brighton 24 (Ryan Hooper 2, Feleti Kaitu’u tries; Stefan Moir 3 conv, pen). HT: 18-17. Referee: Karl Hancox. Sin-bin: Brad Hemopo (University).

“Keep the foot on the throat, we don’t slow down,’’ exhorted a University player after the students scored early in the second half to extend their one-point half-time lead to six.

Those words certainly did not fall on deaf ears. From the kick-off, captain Brad Hemopo, who had galloped 20m to open the second-half scoring, collected the ball 12m from his line and embarked on a 50m burst with defenders left everywhere in his wake.

When the strapping, athletic No.8 was finally dragged down, University had the numbers out left and centre Seamus Bardoul was over. Five minutes later Hemopo had his second try after another break out from inside the University 22m. This time it was the equally impressive flanker Sam Godwin who initiated the try.

University’s pack was being marched backwards in a scrum when the ball popped to the side and Godwin pounced. He made many metres and found plenty of support before Hemopo again broke the final tackle and ran 15m to the line.

In the space of 8min, New Brighton had gone from a point behind to be 18 points in arrears. Game over.

In the last quarter, Brighton gave itself a chance of a bonus point when flanker Ryan Hooper burrowed over from a 5m lineout drive. He had also scored his team’s first after No.8 Tom Brock had driven to metres of the line and the ball was recycled for Hooper just to get it on the white chalk.

University was never headed after opening the scoring with a first-minute penalty and left wing Nic Brooker scampering 70m and veering infield to beat the fullback with ease 5min later. It all came when Brighton coughed up the ball inside the University 22m.

That was a common theme throughout for the seasiders. They did not treasure possession, turning over the ball too often and throwing some no-look passes that did not have to be made. Against such an attacking team as University this was akin to playing with fire and getting burnt.

Still when hooker Feleti Kaitu’u crashed across after a series of penalties, lineout wins, and full-blooded drives, Brighton trailed only by two points after 35min. Brooker’s second try close to half-time – the wing had no opposition after Brighton defenders had been sucked in to stop a string of drives by the forwards at the line – hurt deeply and University’s rip-roaring third quarter inflicted more pain.

Godwin and Hemopo, both fit and fast, were outstanding in general play, although Hemopo was sin-binned after 30min for a heavy tackle on Brighton wing Henare Faithfull as he jumped for a bouncing ball. Faithfull was on the ground for several minutes before being helped off.

Hooker Trent Lawn was very mobile as was loose-head prop Oliver McCowan and lock Ryan O’Sullivan was responsible for several turnovers at broken play. The speedy Brooker made the most of limited chances.

Prop Carisbrook To’omalatai was typically industrious for Brighton, driving the ball up and making some thumping tackles. Brock was disruptive at the front of the lineout as was Hooper at the back. Lock Ben Nelson was the lineout king. It was a difficult day for the backs who had to defend for long periods. First-five Stefan Moir eased pressure with some raking touch-finders.

WOMEN – 43 – 7 Win vs HSOB

DIV 2

Yams remain in Top 4 in Selby-Rickitt’s farewell match

With just two games left in the regular season, the Yams were looking to get their season back on track after a disappointing last performance against Sydenham. Up against a Marist-Albion team in rare form, the Yams would need to put up a solid performance with a depleted squad to maintain their top 4 spot.

The Yams dominated possession and territory for the first 10 minutes but a solid green and white defence prevented the Yams from capitalising and continued to force errors. The Yams would eventually cross over through Japanese flanker Takumi Sakamoto. Marist-Albion struck back moments later through a long range penalty goal. The steady boot of Finnish second-five Jussi Viljanen extended the lead back out to 7 with a penalty of his own. The Yams continued to string phases together and eventually were able to make the last pass stick, Japanese Winger Satoshi Todaka finishing off in the corner for his 3rd try of the season. Marist-Albion scored a try after finding a hole through a lacklustre Yams defensive line to narrow the lead to 15-10 at the break.

The Yams started the second half in an uncharacteristic manner with a pair of penalty goals from Viljanen. Marist-Albion then scored their second try of the match against the run of play to bring the score back to 21-17. Daniel Hyndman then cut the defense open from 40m out, shrugged off the last defender and scored his first try of the season. A Jamie Newman penalty then extended the lead again. Adrian Pitman then finished off a long-range team try following barnstorming runs from prop, Gaius Reweti, and departing veteran lock, Ngarongo Selby-Rickitt. The try secured the bonus point for the Yams as they cemented their place in the top 4. Marist-Albion scored a consolation try but had little effect as the Yams won 36-24.

Final Score: 36-24 Win vs Marist-Albion

Tries: Takumi Sakamoto, Adrian Pitman, Daniel Hyndman

Conversions: Jussi Viljanen (1/2), Jamie Newman (1/2)

Penalties: Jussi Viljanen (3/3), Jamie Newman (1/1)

Man of the Match: Ngarongo Selby-Rickitt

DIV 3 TIGERS – 14 – 7 loss to Otautahi

COLTS PREM – Default to New Brighton

 

COLTS RESERVE – BYE

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