This week we were up against Wakehurst at Wakehurst Rugby Park.
The Meldrum Cup game didn't disappoint with it being decided in the final few minutes again. The Halligan's saw some gritty performances in the second half after Wakehurst got away early. There's plenty to work on at training and with good numbers turning up two nights a week it won't be long before we turn things around.
Numbers at the games are excellent, especially considering we have about 8 off injured, with fresh reserves for both games.
Next week we are up against Chatswood at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood. Meldrum Cup kicks off at 3:15pm and we're still trying to finalise a Halligans but feel confident we'll get one happening and confirm the time once we know.
We look forward to seeing all our supporters there.
ZUMBA ZUMBA ZEY!
So close but couldn’t close it out.
A bit of the same as last week, where we led most of the way and the last few minutes was a real let down for us. We didn’t react quickly enough to the quick tap, heads up play from the opposition, we paid the price. Our defence that held up much of the game, grew quiet when we needed loud and clear communication to bring us home.
Courage and strength was exhibited in spades, we took some hits and still backed up. Michael Parker again showed great strength up front, super line out ability with great support from the lifters; Matt Norman following the footsteps of his skipper with good carries; Maika Mudunavosa showing great agility for a big guy. We had our moments in the backs, Nick Mccamley bursting through for a try and Chris Royles' from a good passage of play where we managed to compress and stretch the opposition.
Understandably disappointing for the players and our supporters but I believe we can turn our season around by training together as a unit.
There is enough talent in the side as indicated by the points that we scored and the many opportunities that were created but never capitalised.
This points this week go to:
1- Francisco Phillips - great heads up play at line-out leading to Declan’s try. Showed good pace to regather a kick, look for work continuously and that’s what we want to see from our wingers.
2- Declan Ward - tireless worker, who competes post tackle.
3- Michael Parker - tough and resilient, stealing opposition line out at will.
A tough day at the office
The Yellow Team came up against a spirited Wakehurst side, whom we struggled to match physically at times. Despite some great effort at training through the week and most of the team turning up on time, the overall end performance was a little lacklustre. It started during the warmup and that carried out onto the field into our gameplay.
Despite the result, there were some positive takeaways. We worked hard to hold our structure and shape, attempted several set plays off the back of the scrum and had some good periods of ball retention, resulting in some well-worked tries. Buka came off the bench and put in a good shift and Matt Barton showed he has taken the drills from training into his game, making some good tackles and executing good leg drive during his carried into contact.
Although the game had got away, the team continued to work hard, finished strong and were rewarded with a couple of tries late in the second half. Plenty to work on for next week.
The points this week go to:
1- Sean Loughland - stepped in to play an unfamiliar 10 position and put in some good nudges to drive the field position. Solid effort. Well done.
2- Finn Hutchison - put in a solid shift, carrying hard, some great tackles and topped off one of the few good performances of the day with an excellent step to score a good try.
3- Ben Wright - had a barnstormer of a game, carrying hard, tackling hard and getting stuck in. Intensity from the get-go was good and any go forward we got was usually from his efforts. Well done Ben.