COLTS REPORT versus PARRAMATTA
ALL COLTS TEAMS QUALIFY FOR THE PLAY-OFFS !!!
Firsts scrape home…seconds win in a canter …thirds fall at first hurdle !
EASTS 37 defeated PARRAMATTA 36
Cometh the hour ..cometh the man..and the man was Nick Shannon but more of that latter
It was a bruising encounter against a big physical Parramatta team that tried to strangle the life out of Easts with some talented big Boppas!
Poor start again for Easts and Parramatta were over for an early try and before we knew it , it was 12 to 5 to the Two Blues before Easts got back on equal terms
Easts were keeping Parramatta in the game with a lot of missed tackles and some wayward kicking and deep into the second half Easts were in trouble. Things had looked good earlier when centre Henry Paterson scored a thrilling solo try
With 5 minutes to go the scores were locked at 29 all but quick hands along the Easts backline saw replacement winger Dylan Luisi over in the corner and Easts could breathe a little easier
But Parramatta were not to be denied ...back they came and with a minute to go they were over for a converted try and ahead by 2.
There was now only one play left...Easts kicked off and the forwards rumbled away and got the ball back and fired it to captain Dan England in the pocket and he went for the drop goal only to have it charged down...Easts reacted quickly and once again gained possession and now it was first five Nick Shannons’ chance for glory .. he grabbed it with both hands and cool as the proverbial cucumber he nailed the drop goal to give Easts a gutsy one point victory.
Two after the bell wins in the last 4 weeks is not a remedy for high blood pressure !!
Tackle they did and tackle they must !!
EASTS 45 defeated PARRAMATTA 17
This victory by seconds means they could finish the minor premiership in second but if they win this week and Randwick get beaten by Souths they will be minor premiers 1
Again it was a very disciplined first half performance that saw them well in control at oranges and the match was as good as over. In the end it was Easts scoring 7 tries with props James Behringer and Minh Nguyen along with second rower Za Rathie all scoring in the first spell.
However for the second week in a row they dropped the intensity in the second spell which will be addressed this week at training for sure.
Captain Tom Lenehan was in top form , converting 5 tries and scoring a late try himself.
PARRAMATTA 41 defeated EASTS 10
Easts anticipated that the boys from the two blues would have a similar style to Wests. They were right but Parramatta were fitter and better prepared and proved with their play that they are worthy of a spot in the finals.
Parramatta used their big forwards to great advantage (some made Easts coach Rick Somerton look positively svelte like !). Right from the start of the game they shoved the Easts scrum around the paddock scoring penalties and turnovers almost at will during the first half, providing an excellent platform for their backs. The referee seemed to have forgotten that this was an under 19 game with limits on how far a scrum can be pushed. But Parramatta were happy to use their advantage.
Easts let themselves down by failing to move up to and chop tackle the big Parramatta runners who time and time again broke the stagnant Easts with strong hard running.
For Parramatta, it was a dream day as the bounce of the ball favoured the home team adding further to their advantage.
There were a few highlights for the Easts team. Half way through the first half Easts had one of their few opportunities with the ball. From a scum about 20 metres out from Parramatta, Williams threw a dive pass to Dingo who showed excellent skills to pick up a low ball. Dingo accelerated and dummied, caught by two Parramatta defenders he drove toward the line. He was bought down eight metres before the line, Pearson took the space and the long place from Dingo allowed Williams to recycle to fullback Tierney who jinked and stepped and was tackled metres short of the line. Parramatta swooped on the ball, however the best cleanout of the day Somerton saw the Parramatta Jackal thrown to the ground and the ball bobbled lose close to the try line. Patete divide on the ball but was inches short of the line covered by the defence he placed the pill back and William beat a scrambling defence.
It wasn’t until late in the second half the Easts bothered the scorer again when they caught Parramatta napping. Williams took a quick tap midfield and 5 metres out, he ran right and passed to Kelly Wirth who hit the line from the left wing. BKW ran elusively and drew several defenders before a deft offload to Horse on the wing. Horse strolled over the line and was about to place the ball when he saw he could run infield another 15 metres, which he did and scored a second try.
Parramatta had the last word scoring a final try in the dying minutes which took the final score to Parramatta 41 Easts 10. Some Laurie Fahy mongrel awaits the thirds at training this week and there is nobody better at the club to deliver it than coach Somerton !!
The thirds colts took one for the club this week by ensuring that 23 young men got a good run.As to whether that decision was right I will refer you to Mr Meat Loaf.
So with the final round this week against Gordon at McKay Oval, Centennial Park it would be great to see a big supporter turn out as the boys prepare for the run home
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER