Tom C, and Tim.
2: Leon – Ran some excellent lines, and tough defence.
1: Matt Gibbs – Captained the side, and led by example, got to grip with their maul eventually, and stop their momentum.
1: Niall – Going pretty alright for a converted 13. Can kick as well as most fourth grade open sides!
1: Tom C – Eager to defend and attack, scored a belter of a try and showed a clean pair of heels to the Waverely defence on a number of occasions.
1: Scott Lewis – First game, and an excellent all round performance. Solid scrummaging, and excellent defence. Did lots of dirty work.
Brothers 6 – Waverley 11
Well, another dissappointing result for third grade which effectively ends their participation in the finals this year.
It wasn’t a bad game, with some quality rugby played, but with two well drilled and experienced teams on the paddock, defences dominated.
Brothers had some opportunities, but they were few and far between, and Waverley scored the single try that settled it.
It’s a shame for this third grade side not to see some finals action, but it has to be said that they never got out of the mid season slump that was brought on by higher grade back filling some positions due to injury and illness.
But that’s the nature of Subbies Rugby.
Roll on St George and Mac Uni to put a decent finish on a poor second half to the season.
3: Heggers – Great defence, and drilled that forward pack with a constant stream of obscenities.
2: Opie – Good go forward ball, and strong defence.
1: Slutty – Key organisational skills in defence, and controlled the game from 10.
Brothers 17 – 24 Waverley
It was a new look side that took the pitch, with Stu Raines and Tyler making their second grade debuts this season. Afte the tremendous season both of them had in Colts, it was great to see some great new talent keeping the more experienced players on their toes.
And it was Stu who was at the centre of most of the good stuff Brothers did in this game.
Despite missing lots of players to first grade, injury and illness, it was still a solid looking side that ran on.
We controlled the game in patches but dropped off tackles and lost concentration at crucial moments.
These key issues were enough to hand Waverley the opportunies they needed to kill off the game.
After Stu Raines has scored an excellent try by stepping off the left boot and running in under the posts, we were level with about five to go.
However, we gave the Waves one more chance and they executed it and finished with a try and conversion for a vital victory for them and one that steals our finals momentum.
We’re still top of the table, but two wins from two against St George and Mac Uni is required to give ourselves the right mentality for finals football.
3: Stu – Controlled the game, showed some nice glimpses of talent and scored the try of the day.
2: Dom North – Linked up well with the back three and was a constant threat ball in hand.
1: Hansie – Always gives 110% despite the mathematical impossibility of that. What a club man.
Another closely fought physical battle between two of the top sides in the competition this year.
Maybe teams are starting to figure out how to play against us.
We outscored them three tries to two which was enough in the end.
But it was a clos erun thing, and another game that further underlines the quality and strength in depth of all the teams in first grade this season.
We maintain our unbeaten record, but improvement needed.
Charlie, Tazer, Bailes.
3: Si – First start for first grade this season, and showed his quality. Good game for the bald assassin.
2: Tazer – His best game of the season, physical in defence and dominated the lineout.
1: Daz – Another solid game, great hands at times.