Drummoyne 44 Knox 13
A Strong start to the game away against Knox where the Drummoyne forwards mauled well for at least 12 phases of the kick off and big runs into the energetic defence from Chris Sefo and John Tato let the opposition know they were in for a hard day. The Knox lads didn’t know what hit them and the call from Coach Dan was if we stick to our structure & straighten our attack, the opposition will tire and that they did.
Despite the strong start Knox were first to score with a penalty but Drummoyne No10 Luke Giles was in form and kicked 2 penalties himself to give us the lead.
Prop Christian Vanezi was smashing his much bigger opposite number in the scrum and with his forwards mates lending a hand they held up the tackled player in the maul and secured a turn over, the 1st of 5 in the game.
From the kick off Knox gained the ball and a sneaky quick tap saw the Knox go in under the posts and the conversion had them in front – but not for long.
Centre Ben Hennah was again proving a handful with his strong straight running and centre partner Tiger Parker was at it again making the opposition look silly out wide.
Our scrum was strong and with the unfit Knox forwards tiring and it was a scrum penalty to the Reds. From the tap No 8 Oli Edwards was over for the 1st of 5 tries. Giles converted.
The lads had settled into the game now and Giles was making good yardage from kicks, half back Stephen Bruce was terrorizing his opposition number and forced a knock on at the scrum base. After a perfect lineout win full back Luke Battenbough was in for a try in the opposite corner after the ball was passed out the back line.
Controlled rugby was the call, Knox had no answer, it was 23-13 at half time and the lads were confident of notching up a big score.
From the kickoff Knox were under pressure on their line and half back Bruce was spanking the forwards backsides encourage the drive forward before Captain Tom Carruthers went over for a strong forwards try.
Young Colt Michael Long made his 1st grade debut on the wing and played well. His Colt team mate James Haywood also came on late in the 2nd half for his 1st grade debut.
Captain Tom Carruthers pinched the ball in a tackle, Tiger Parker took the ball up and soon after flanker Chris Sefo scored a strong try before being replaced after a solid game.
Not to be outdone late in the game Luke Giles slipped passed his opposite number for a try he said after the game he had planned they the try all game when he noticed how slow his opposite number was. Giles ended up with 24 pts for the game.
That’s a bonus point, 7 pts clear on top of the comp and a solid performance from the starting 15 and the 8 players that backed up from 2nd grade and colts to make it a really good team win.
3pts – Oli Edwards
2pts – Luke Giles
1pt – Christian Vanezi