Grade Match Reports | Round 17 | Easts v Gordon
1st Grade Easts v Gordon W 29 - 25 Pauli Taumoepeau, Director of Rugby
It never seemed like we were in control of the game for the first 50 minutes. Always seemed Gordon were able to keep ticking the scoreboard over. Despite that feeling, I was happy enough with our attack and I thought our defence was solid throughout. The message at half time was to keep attacking and stay patient. Gordon scored twice in the opening 10-15 minutes of the second half then we got a red card. I was pleased with the efforts I saw in the players through last 30 minutes of play and the maturity and patience in their options. The try after full time kept our finals hopes alive. Whilst the events and emotions of a win against Gordon were great, we need to move on and prepare for another must win game against Eastwood next weekend. MOM Tom Staniforth.
2nd Grade Easts v Gordon W 27 - 22
3rd Grade Easts v Gordon W 27 - 22 Steve Shapland
Another week, another come back to keep our season alive. The first half was effectively even with both teams exerting pressure without ever looking too threatening. The game struggled for rhythm with mistakes and penalties halting momentum for each team. We were quite positive at half time knowing we weren’t far away from getting the result we were after. The second half started poorly for us with a couple of Gordon tries put us down 22-7 with 20 to go. From then on, it was all Easts as we found our groove by moving the ball into space quickly, which allowed us quicker ruck ball and therefore more space. Two good tries from Alec Sheldon and an even better conversion from Nick Shannon had us right back in the game. Our scrum and the weight of possession we had in the last quarter of the game started to take toll and we kicked two penalties to take the lead. We weren’t out of the woods yet however as we conceded a penalty on the full time buzzer when trying to kill the game. A couple of nervous minutes passed before we forced a mistake deep in our 22 and kicked it out to end the game. An extremely gutsy performance over the last 20 to be able to execute when it really mattered most. Our finals destiny remains in our hands so if we win next Saturday, we are in. MOM Jake Turnbull & Nic Shannon.
4th Grade Easts v Gordon L 19 - 22 Stuart Brown
Quite a disappointing end to a game that started so well. Fourth Grade flew to a 12-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the first half then fell into bad habits for the rest of the game. Two yellow cards and a penalty try end of the first half and into the second half meant we again let the referee determine the outcome of the game. Though we stuck to our game plan and played brilliantly in parts both in attack and defence, our discipline and composure let us down. Some very expensive lessons were learned this year and hopefully the players can learn from the experience. MOM Ollie Rich.
5th Grade Easts v Easts Colts 4s L 19 - 46 Pauli Taumoepeau, Director of Rugby
The boys were able to out enthuse the Grade boys and put on a real quality show. There were some champagne rugby moments but the main aspect of the game was the spirit of it. Even though the Colts finally ran away with the result it was a really tough hit out for both teams.