Score: LOST 34 - 5
Referee: Jim Lawrenson/Dave Cotterill
Captain: Denis Collard
Man of the Match: Alex Tautau
A perfect rugby day and we had a full team with reserves in both the backs and the forwards.
The game ebbed and flow from the kickoff and with a good backline Boxhill started to look dangerous. The forwards secured good ball and sent the backs surging to the line only to be repulsed by determined defence from Southern Districts time and again. Eventually Southern Districts managed to score a try and it seemed as though it was going to be another runaway game. With about 10 minutes to go to halftime the Quenchies pushed the Southern districts back into their own 22 and after continued pressure 5/8ths Welti crossed over for the equaliser. Things were looking better as the half time whistle blew.
During the break the team noticed that the hero of the last match who had been carried shoulder high from the field after scoring his first try for 5 years had neglected to provide the mandatory slab and were very disappointed. This moral sapper may have been the cause of our downfall in the second half as Southern Districts started to wreak havoc through our defences.
The forwards ably led by Tony Traralgon, Cameron Gardner and Peter Fuller continued to press towards the line. The backs made several breaks only to find that the support was not there. This was the difference in the two teams as Districts had a plethora of support. Despite Districts scoring 5 tries in the second half Boxhill played the game out and we had our chances.
Next weeks match will be at Melbourne University Ground (Melways map 43 F1)
Score: LOST 45 - 22
Referee: Gerry Collins
Captain: Clive Welti
Man of the Match: Tony Tenant
A bright sunny day and close to home for the Quenchies. A good turnout today was expected. How wrong can we be. At kick-off we had 12 players facing a younger team with 20 plus players.
With a few players borrowed from our hosts(Maroondah) Gerry Collins the Ref started the game and within 5 minutes Moorabbin had scored and we were down 7 – 0. With 2 second rowers playing in the centres the opposing backs cut swathes through the Boxhill defences and only desperate tackling halted a number of tries. When Dr. Carl Ramage took the field the Boxhill attack took some purpose and his surging runs through the opposition brought some balance to our depleted backs. Another 2 tries from Moorabbin in quick succession brought the score to 21 – 0. The Boxhill forwards took the ball up many times only to be stopped just short of the line. Eventually this constant pressure resulted in Rod Jones crashing over for a try. The ensuing conversion by Clive Welti brought the score to 21- 7. Moorabbin again attacked and scored another 2 tries before half time. The score being 35 -7.
After the break Boxhill applied the pressure and saw Moorabbin pushed back time and again with the forwards driving towards the line with rolling mauls until a try by Tony Tennant. 35 -12. From the kick-off Welti kicked long into the opposing 22 metre area and forcing the line out. This tactic used several times gained much needed territory and the lineouts favoured Boxhill forwards who were able to spoil and pressurise the opposing forwards. Moorabbin scored twice in the second half and this brought the score to 45 -17. A try from Peter Fuller resulting from a forward drive gave the Boxhill team confidence. Probing runs by the backs and resolute tackling by Collard (who recently returned from battle strewn Bankock) resulted in a try in the corner by the said Collard after a brilliant backline movement . The final score being 45 -22.
The next match is at 3:15pm on 29th May at Harlequins Ground (Melways map 60 H12)
Score: LOST 34 – 5
Referee: Dave Cotterill
Captain: Ant Balocca
Man of the Match: Carl Ramage
The second match of the season and already we are better than last year as we have had 1 win (Last week due to Eltham not turning up).
With a better turn up of players 14 (as compared with 12 at Southern Districts) and a few University players we took the field against a much larger and younger Melbourne side.
The run on team consisted of 2 new players, Cameron Gardiner and Chris Van der Merwe (another Sth. African Schoolboy trialist) and 1 old stager Bryan. The first 10 minutes the game ebbed and flowed up and down the ground with the forwards contesting in the rucks and Quinton Ritchie (recently returned from the Asian League) sending the backs on deep probing runs into the Melbourne territory.
Melbourne scored twice within 8 minutes and despite desperate defence were 10 points up nearing half time. A concerted effort by the forwards driving deep into Melbourne’s half saw the backs brought down short of the line. The ensuing maul won, the backs forged towards the line and Carl Ramage crossed for 5 points. Alex Tautau elected to take the conversion and decided to try a drop cross kick which landed near the opposing touch line. It was decided by the coaching panel to give any more conversion attempts to Ant. Unfortunately there were no more.
Half time came and during the break we heard the sad news that Kevin Heath had passed away this morning. A minutes silence in remembrance of Kevin by both teams was held before the second half kickoff.
Despite hard running by the backs and stout defence by the forwards we were unable to score again and Melbourne ran in another 4 tries. The forwards supported each other and were unlucky not to score. The backs played the best running rugby we have seen for over a year and augers well for the season if we can maintain the passion. The game was played in good spirits.
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