AFTER a four-week break from football via holidays and a bye, Trinity’s second senior rugby team held up well in their first game back from a mid-season break last Saturday-week.
They took on Uni Norths at Kaleen in Canberra with 14 players.
Trinity was not only undermanned, they tackled an opponent that boasted greater size.
Plan A was to run the Uni Norths boys off their feet and it worked a treat. The first 15 minutes proved scoreless and close.
That scoreless streak broken when the Uni North fullback ran and Trinity failed to effect a complete.
After three quick tries, Trinity trailed 19- nil at half time.
Some fundamental talk at the break sank in and Trinity opened the scoring in the second half. A clever ‘downtown’ kick, followed by a relentless set of possession, saw the forwards score out wide. Then Trinity repeated the kick, chase and grind, to score closer to the posts and also convert. The Uni North fullback awoke from his slumber, put Trinity to sleep, and ran in two quick tries.
Trinity ran the ball a little more in their forwards, with the big Uni Norths boys struggling, and scored out wide again.
At this stage the Uni boys were run off their feet and countered the only way they could, with an aggressive scrum. Naturally, the fisty-cuffs broke out. The result: Trinity down one, injured (minor); Uni Norths down two, sent off.
All up, low on numbers and a bit rusty, Trinity put on their most determined and disciplined performance so far this season. The final score read Uni Norths 36, Trinity 17.
TRINITY’S under 14s squad played the undefeated competition leaders the Tuggeranong Vikings on the last Saturday in July.
The Vikings came out with all guns blazing and put two converted tries on Trinity in the first five minutes of the game through their powerful backline. Trinity came back hard with some solid tackling by Steve Anable, Will Croker and Ben Croker in the backs and Justin Downs and John Vassallo in the forwards.
The Vikings powered forward again through their massive pack, which allowed them to run in five more tries before half time.
Trinity worked hard in defence, forcing the Vikings, when they did score, to score wide out. This assisted with a number of missed conversions. However, at half time the score read: Vikings 41 Trinity 0.
After a good half time talk by the coaches, the boys went back to it and pressured the Viking line for several phases with some great ruck work by Oscar Cunningham, Justin Downs and Jack Bell.
Trinity powered away at the line but the resolute Vikings’ defence kept them out. Against the run of play, the Vikings scooped up a loose ball and ran 60 metres to score and convert.
Trinity came back again with good mauling by Brad Roberts, Lachlan Phelps and James Carter, which allowed Trinity to drive downfield. Good runs from Tom Snow, Sam Coggan and Oscar Cunningham came to nought as the Vikings kicked long to clear the ball and forced a turnover. This allowed their slick backline to again score in the corner. The try was converted and the Vikings led 55–0.
Trinity ground away with James Dent, Lachlan Corbett, Tom Shannon, Sam Hayes and Harry Coles working hard in defence, but to no avail as the referee blew fulltime with Trinity on attack. A much improved second half saw Trinity concede only 14 points.
If the boys can get their act together from the kick off, then they certainly proved in this game that they can match it with the best in the Black Division.
Clayton Granger (main) ran the ball with vigour at Wexted Oval on Saturday – a week after his team’s 36-17 loss to Uni-Norths.
Jason Selmes eyes off an opponent moments before bringing him to turf. Photos: Anthony Atkinson.
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