Uni Norths Square the Ledger in Best of 3 Series!
The day started with great expectations after a brave victory from our Colts side but that optimism quickly evaporated after our 2nds and 1sts both had their colours lowered. It was a disappointing outcome with many of our Old Boys having a made a journey to be here to see first hand the resurgence of Easts Rugby Club. Let's hope their faith hasn't waivered.
Our under manned Colts side fought bravely to hold on to a narrow 15-13 victory. The side started with only 16 players and we were quickly down to an empty bench after losing Dom Monu early in the match to concussion. The best players for the day were Tommy Watego who is shouldering enormous responsibility with Liam Bilston playing first grade. Kelepi Baba and Liam Harrison also put in their regular strong performances. I also want to make mention of a couple of players that often come off the bench but played full games this week - kudos to Callum Keogh, Connor McCarron and Christian Snell who really stepped up yesterday.
Our 2nd Grade are probably feeling disappointed today knowing they let one slip. Uni Norths got the jump on them but the Easts boys fought back magnificently in the 2nd half to level the scores at 17-17. I'm sure Coaches Nagel and Lenarduzzi will be talking about game management during the week. The 2s will learn from this loss and come back a better side. The talent is there and the belief will come. Best players were Richie Taliauli on debut, and Tommy Watego and Kelepi Baba backing up after playing strongly in Colts. Uni Norths ran out eventual winners 29-17.
The less that is said about the 1st grade match, the better. With the significance of the occasion shadowing the match there was natural disappointment from coaches, support staff and players after the match. Despite the loss, it is important to remember that this is a journey and there will be challenges and set backs along the way. Credit must go out to the Uni Norths players who clearly were more enthusiastic and were still hurting from their Rd 1 loss to us. The great thing is we get another opportunity to show what we really are capable of when we play them again on the 7th July. For now, we'll accept our 41-26 defeat with dignity.
Byes for all Premier Division grades next week but 3rd grade (1st Division) have a match vs Goulburn at RMC next Saturday. JJ, DJ and the boys will welcome our support.