Drummoyne 26 Knox 7
Former Wallaby and Drummoyne Rugby Life member Arthur McGill spoke to the team and handed out the jerseys before the game and there was a confident aura around the lads in the sheds.
Once on the field it was a strong start by both teams but a nice steal on his 1st grade debut by Oli Edwards and strong tactical kicking by the halves Stephen Bruce and Luke Giles gave the Reds ground position and a penalty goal from Giles started the scoring.
The combination of Sam Fellows and Ben Hannah in the centres is starting to show and with Tiger Parker and Blair Forsyth (on his 1st grade debut) on the wings and Fullback Jimmy Norris in support the backs are looking very dangerous and making good yardage every time they attack.
Another penalty to Giles before Knox worked out there was a decent breeze behind them and they kicked well into our half. This led to a period of sustained pressure on our line and Knox being held up over the line before they eventually went over after a scrum.
Powerhouse No 8 Chris Sefo continues to impress as does our experienced hooker John Tato who without fail continues to defend well and take the ball up to set up a strong platform for his forwards.
Giles kicked his 3rd penalty and the Reds went in at half time with a 9-7 lead.
Having lost prop Alex Concannon and Fullback Jimmy Norris to what looks like serious injuries the coach’s Dan and Ice wanted the team to drive the ball into the opposition half and were confident of securing a win if the team mounted pressure and trusted our systems.
From the outset of the 2nd half we looked the stronger team and good sustained tactical kicking allowed the team to spend most of the half pressuring the opposition. This led to some fine forward phase play and big our No.13 Ben Hannah going in almost untouched from 25 mtrs out for a fine try. Giles converted.
Knox were given yellow card and with Locks Nick Stephenson and Robbie Glen dominating the lineout and both men playing very well in the ruck and maul Drummoyne were dominating play.
Young forward Ruben Brock came on as a replacement and was asked by the coach to make an impact and he did that in style by going in for a smart try not far from the posts.
Again with numerous players unavailable and injuries, players are being asked to step up in all grades and it’s particularly noticeable in 1st grade. Coach Dan now finds himself in a good position as he selects his team to play Balmain at home with most of the unavailable players returning after next week’s bye.
3pts – Oli Edwards
2pts – Chris Sefo
1pts – John Tato