Grade Match Reports | Round 18 | Easts v Eastwood

1st Grade v Eastwood W 48 - 26 Pauli Taumoepeau, Director of Rugby

I thought we controlled the game nicely to start. We were getting pay off some direct attacking raids. The final fifteen minutes of the first half saw Eastwood get some momentum and work themselves into some strike areas and they capitalised. At half time we spoke about not going into our shell in attack but having to up the defensive pressure to stop Eastwoods' advantage line carries. I was pleased with the opportunities the players were able to create through their attack and the defensive efforts that continued. New season now – Playoffs. We fought hard to get to this position, what will that matter if we cannot go through with it? Eastwood will be a different animal at TG this weekend. We’re kidding ourselves as players and supporters if we think otherwise. We’ve got the team to do it, it’s all about the execution of the plan now. MOM Lalakai Foketi

2nd Grade v Eastwood W 55 - 34

3rd Grade v Eastwood W 13 - 12 Steve Shapland

A tough old arm wrestle saw the lead change with each score with neither team able to take control of the game and execute as they would have wanted. The ruck was a mess throughout unfortunately which limited our ability to put enough pressure on Eastwood & put points on the board despite getting into some promising positions. As the game wore on our scrum became the weapon we needed and we took the lead for good after earning our third scrum penalty of the 2nd half. We still needed some luck and plenty of guts and determination to hold that lead, defending in our 22 for the last 8 mins. Long story short - we needed the result and we got it...just! The last month will hold us in good stead for the finals as we have effectively been playing knockout footy for at least the last few games. To be able to perform and execute when it really matters is something that is tough to replicate at training so to be able to get match practice at it has been invaluable. Bring on Uni! MOM Jake Turnbull

4th Grade v Eastwood L 26 - 41

5th Grade v Easts 4th Colts W 26 - 22 Ben Staunton, Director of Colts

The 4th Colts played some brilliant rugby against a tougher 5th Grade this week after the 46 - 19 defeat. This was a great challenge and also another way for the Colts and Grade boys to interact at the end of the season. The credit must go to Grade for getting the victory. MOM Jack Hunter.

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