COLTS REPORT versus PARRAMATTA
3 victories …one by a runaway while the other 2 could have gone either way !!
FIRST GRADE COLTS
EASTS 29 defeated Parramatta 25
Make no bones about it ..this was a disappointing performance by the First Colts and we were lucky to get away with the win but as the good book says “ a win is a win” and we came away with the maximum 5 points.
A large Parramatta side open with some great intensity and Easts were struggling to up the tempo and before long Parramatta were over for a converted try after a concerted forward rumble.
Down 7 nil and Easts at last gained some field position for James Donato to continue on his try scoring way to plunge over wide out but shortly after Parramatta converted a penalty to lead 10 to 5 but a yellow card for the opposition freed things up a little and the fleet footed fullback Jayden Wright was over in the corner to lock the scores up at 10 a piece Easts finally hit the front with winger Declan Quin scoring which was again unconverted and just before the break the scores were evened up at 15 all at oranges.
Parramatta were then dealt a blow with a red card send-off but they were not to be denied with yet another try to hit the lead again at 20 to 15 shortly after the break.
Then with about 20 minutes remaining after several raids that were repelled by enthusiastic defence Henry Patterson made a fine break from 30 meters out to score adjacent to the posts for Jayden Wright to add the extras and Easts were narrowly ahead by just 2 points.
It seemed now that Easts playing a man up would go on with the job but nothing was further from the truth with Parra scoring again to lead 25 to 22 and time fast running out. Parramatta had another player off with a red card to finish with 13 men.
Easts finally controlled possession to work their way into enemy territory and after several forward rushes they at last scored the winning try by second rower Will Nicholls who had a solid first grade debut ..Wright added the extras and fortunately for Easts there was no further scoring.
Work to do for the road trip against the unbeaten Eastwood.
SECOND GRADE COLTS
EASTS 55 defeated PARRAMATTA 5
It was all one way traffic for the seconds who were always in control after leading 26 to nil at half time.
The set piece still needs some work but a 9 tries to one victory was a satisfactory result
THIRD GRADE COLTS
EASTS 13 defeated PARRAMATTA 12
This was a very hard fought win. Whilst Easts seemed to be in control for most of the match they were unable to convert their dominance into points. A 14 to 2 penalty count in the second half was indicative of Easts inability to mount serious attacks with play continually slowed by Parramatta. Even coach Somerton in his playing days never gave away this many penalties !!
Significantly outweighed almost across the field Easts defence was solid against a continuing barrage of solid Parramatta attackers. Easts were able to dominate the lineouts and. despite a significant size disparity in the scrums, held their own.
Our backline had to deal with a strong in your face defence from Parramatta which put them under pressure. Easts looked in danger of experiencing a major upset when Parramatta scored a runaway try against the play and took the lead which, with the conversion put Parramatta in front 12-10.
Eventually it was the mounting penalty count which gave Easts the opportunity to take 3 points and move back into the lead with only a minute to play.
Fullback Will Hicks played well and continued playing after receiving a cut to the head and an eye which closed as the game progressed. Ben Horton provided excellent ball in the lineouts and his combination with Kelvin Lau was exemplary.
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER