COLTS REPORT versus GORDON
ALL COLTS TEAMS QUALIFY FOR THE PLAY-OFFS !!!
Third in COLTS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP !!
EASTS 43 defeated GORDON 5
Another clinical display by Firsts which saw them finish in 4th place in the minor premiership.
Easts were never headed and always had the game under control following an early try to one of Easts best in full-back Dan Donato.
The lineout was working well and the forwards were giving the backs plenty of quality possession which saw them make some big inroads into the backfields and had the match wrapped up at half-time
Hardworking back rower James Donato helped himself to an excellent try while No.8 Jack Lamph grabbed a double but the try of the match came late in the game when centre Henry Paterson scored a thrilling solo 50 metre effort after slicing through the opposition and there was not a hand laid on him.
So now it’s on to play Eastwood a team we have not beaten this season.
We must be accurate in every area as they are a very competent side.
EASTS 33 defeated GORDON 14
For once Easts had to come from behind after Gordon scored an early converted try however it was all plain sailing after that. Centre Angus Brown opened the scoring with an excellent try followed by tries to Kade Pearce and Josh Pele.
Second half threw up a brilliant solo try to hooker Dylan Woods who totally mesmerized the opposition with a great solo effort
This solid victory saw the seconds finish in second place in the minor premiership and will play Southern Districts this week
EASTS 12 defeated GORDON 7
In the first round Easts were lucky to escape with a 7 nil victory after Gordon were unfairly denied a late try. So it was this time that Gordon were worthy adversaries.
The game was an arm wrestle from start to Finish.
Easts had opened the scoring from a Gordon Lineout 5 metres from their line. The Gordon jumper recklessly tapped the ball back and Oskar Szangolis pounced. Securing the pill and being driven over by a supportive forward pack. A welcome return to for Oskar after his mid-season sabbatical. The try was converted by Golden Boots Coppola who was also returning from the GPS tour of Europe.
Another welcome returnee was Lineout Supremo Horton who had landed in Australia at 6 am that morning. So keen was he to get back on the field he even foreswore all of the free beer offered to him on the return flight.
Gordon continued to apply pressure throughout the game and solid defence from Easts was able to snuff out some promising build-ups until one of the Gordon players nipped behind a lazy runner (running in the wrong direction) and made an excellent break. Many of the Easts players threw their arms up in the air calling for an obstruction and meanwhile the play continued. The Gordon player continued running downfield, slowed by a Kelly Wirth attempt at tackle fullback Tierney came over but was unable to prevent and offload to an inside support. Somerton who had given chase was unable to make it to the support player catching the support only as he fell over the line to provide a try which was converted.
Easts response was swift. From a scrum in the just outside the Gordon 22. Fly half Negus fired out a cut out which found Tierney who with wonderful hands was able to pick the ball up from his toes and then to find Leon (Horse) Tupola on his outside. Horse had some room to move and made an exhilarating run down the wing, he beat his opposite number with some deft footwork and scooted past a desperation tackle from the fullback before scoring in the corner. Coach Rick Somerton could be heard riding him home with exclamations of giddy up, Somerton looked and sounded like Foghorn Leghorn at the 5th in the Camptown Races, Leon on the other hand was a thoroughbred.
The second half was a dour affair. With Gordon camped in Easts quarter for long stretches.
Easts were lucky to survive a similar fate to Gordon when a lineout throw on their line was tapped down 5 metres out. The difference being that captain courageous Ed Negus was able to scoop the ball up and touched down before the marauding Gordon Pack could reach him.
The score remained deadlocked at 12- 7 for the entire half and Easts secured 4th spot on the ladder.
Finals bound. Good luck boys.
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER