Barbour Cup - Round 03
May 6, 2017, 12:45 pm
29 - 24
Drummoyne Oval

Match Report

Drummoyne 29 v Knox Old Boys 24

To build on last weeks solid win over St Patrick’s Old Boys, Drummoyne were going to have to step up another level against one of the most consistently strong sides in the Barbour cup. Colts worked hard during the week on the identified areas for improvement in contact and the breakdown and this bore fruit in the on Saturday.

Drummoyne started off strongly putting Knox under pressure straight away and within minutes had scored a well worked try in the corner. Unfortunately the conversion did not go over but
Drummoyne has signalled their intent from the off. Colts continued to put Knox under pressure and dictated the way they wanted to play the game. The scrum was solid if not spectacular giving
reasonable ball to the backs. The line out wobbled badly at times but Drummoyne were able to disrupt enough of the oppositions line out to make the whole line out a bit of a lottery. Drummoyne
soon scored another well worked try with some nice interplay between the backs and forwards. Knox are consistently a strong side and they proved why by working their way back into the game
with solid play around the breakdown forcing Drummoyne into mistakes. A try was not long coming and the score was an uneasy 10‐5 to Drummoyne at half time.

Knox came back hard at Drummoyne in the second half. They put pressure on the Drummoyne scrum and tested the Colts defence around the breakdown. It was not long before Knox registered
another couple of scores and it felt like the game was slipping away from Drummoyne even though they probably had the lions share of the possession. To the credit of the Drummoyne team, they
rallied and came back at Knox with some powerful and intricate running in the backs which lead to two more tries for Drummoyne.

All in all a great performance by the whole squad with everyone contributing to a fantastic win and very enjoyable game of rugby for not just both sets of supporters, but any neutrals who may have
been watching also. Coaches points were difficult to hand out for this game considering the effort the entire playing group had put in.

Coaches points

1 point – James Hayward, solid performance in both defence and attack

2 points – Xavier Fitzpatrick, got through a mountain of work consistently getting the forwards over the gain line in attack.

3 points – Ben Halmerick, marshalled the team around park brilliantly, always testing the opposition at every opportunity