Our Grade 9 rugby team played their second match of the young season, hosting St. George’s in a much-anticipated clash. The two teams had split a pair of highly charged games a year ago, and, as a result, both players and supporters were keen for the rivalry to continue.
Played in absolutely perfect conditions – on a firm field and in glorious sunshine – the game did not disappoint.
Both squads were keen to keep the ball in hand and run from everywhere, with eight tries and numerous other sweeping moves the result.
SMUS struck first, as flanker Quinn Ngawati latched onto a pop pass close to the line to power over. St. George’s replied quickly with a multi-phase score of their own, before Bryce Forbes and then Jason Liao staked the hosts to a 15-5 lead.
This is the way it stayed, with SMUS, after being hard on defense for ten minutes, happy to hear Kevin Smyth’s whistle for halftime.
The second half was even better than the first. St. Georges scored early on and converted, but centre Felix Butterfield, capping an excellent all round performance, then dotted down in the right corner to extend the SMUS margin to 20-12.
Not to be outdone, the Saints’ flyhalf not only chipped and gathered twice in the same move, but then offloaded for a brilliant tally, one that had supporters from both sides voicing their appreciation as the score became 20-17.
However, fullback Jonathan Sudul, a rock in attack and defence all afternoon, then pushed the SMUS lead back to 25-17 by finishing a flowing attack in the left hand corner.
Minutes later, it was all over, as the referee blew time on what had been a splendid and thoroughly entertaining encounter.
For the hosts, scrum half Donovan Sturdy impressed with his quick passing, while Forbes and Bryn Haydock did plenty of the dirty work at the breakdown. Jasper Bosley was a calming influence in midfield, while Avery Thorp was another key contributor.
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