Match Report U17 Wests/ Brothers Barbarians vs Norths
Wests/ Brothers defeated Norths 21-12.
Reporter Dean Moulds, Coach
Saturday was the first game of Season 2 for our U16/U17 side and, with this team being a combined side with players from Wests and Brothers, I think this is a first for both the Doggies and the Brethren. The season kicked off with a bang from a good win against Norths played on a dry field at the Kennel on a sunny Sunday.
The side came together for the first time on Sunday. They gelled well in the 30 minute warm-up and were able to put an inspired team performance on the park. This is a good sign for the rest of the season. After not playing a club game for six weeks the boys were always going to struggle with match fitness but they just kept on going and some judicious substitutions let the boys control and maintain the pace of the game until the final whistle.
A solid scrum was supported with a steady lineout and it definitely looked like they were seasoned campaigners who had trained and played together all season! Great performances in the pack from Captain and No.8 Matangi Angiki, flankers Darece Anae and Ezekiel Tiatia and Brother’s Prop/Lock Tom Newton. Adam Done started at Hooker and caught the eye of Coach Catalin Draguceanu with his work-rate and polled in Best and Fairest
With Sam Kendall and Ryan McCarthy joining us from Brothers we had some continuity at 9-10 and with West’s regulars Falaniko Nuu and Nick Maudsley in the centres the backline really sang with great punch through the middle of the field letting the wingers find space and time. We welcomed Tristan Elder, playing his first ever game of rugby, who was able to put a win with the Doggies in his scrapbook. Scottish import Matt Clarke slotted in at fullback seamlessly and his chat and vision helped the side settle and make the most of our possession. Matt also slotted all 3 conversions. The conversions coming off the back of a hat-trick of tries from Geoff Robertson on his right wing.
Geoff was spotted at the QLD Schoolboy trials where he played wing for the CSS 1 side and we are happy that he has joined us down at the Kennel (he follows in the footsteps of his older brother Kenny, who played Premier Colts and Premier Grade for the Doggies). He has electrifying pace and used it well to beat defenders and to break tackles for his tries. Geoff then slotted into halfback in the second half to show his real versatility.
Best and Fairest Points:
3 – Geoff Robertson
2 – Ryan McCarthy
1 – Adam Done