|July 18, 2020||12:00 pm||Colts 1||2020||Round 1|
Colts 1 had plenty of chances early in the match and went very close to scoring on a few occasions whilst continuing to mount pressure on the home side. The longer the game went on without any score, the more impatient the Woodies players got in attack and as we started to push the pass and make some errors in possession, Souths pounced on the back of off side penalties and turnovers at set piece, to score first and lead 7-0. Having had the better of the first half in general play, we managed some field position late in the half and from a line out 10 metres from Souths line, the forwards set up a driving maul and scored to narrow the gap to 5-7 at half time.
The second half began well with good go forward and strong defence in general however the game turned drastically in a fifteen minute period where we threw an intercept pass which led to a Souths try, threw a loose pass which Souths swooped on to score adjacent the posts and failed to catch a misguided kick by the Souths fullback only to see it bounce perfectly for the Souths chases and lead to another try and a 5-26 lead. Credit to their urgency and our distinct lack of respect for possession which cost us dearly in the critical moments of this match. A late surge when we finally took the game at Souths saw us drop the ball over the line being scoring two very good tries to bring the score to 15-26.
In the end we were not as direct as we said we would be and failed to take advantage of the good things we did by not scoring points when we needed to. More urgency in most areas of what we do is needed, as this group continues to learn what it is to play at Colts 1 level, something that is foreign to most of the group. Mistakes are punished and points do not come easy so we need to be prepared to work harder for longer and ensure we finish things off. There has been positive signs so far but winning is a habit and a culture and we need to get that feeling quickly in a shortened season. This is a game we definitely threw away.
Colts 2 had similar issues with maintaining possession and gave up far too much ball to get the result they were after. Plenty of positive signs however, we need to value possession and put the opposition under more pressure for long periods both in attack and defines. Looking for players to do the hard work first, carry strong in contact, make big tackles, get to the breakdown first and run with determination. These things lift your team mates, not the flashy stuff which ultimately puts us under pressure more often than not.
|1||Terence Toomata||Loose Head||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||George Crawley||Number Eight||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|11||Dylan Madden||Left Wing||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|17||Reagan Harris||Inside Centre||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|13||Kyle Johnson||Outside Centre||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|14||Patrick Reynolds||Right Wing||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Forshaw Rugby Park|
|Forshaw Rugby Park, Belgrave Esplanade, Sylvania Waters, Sydney, Sutherland Shire Council, 2224, Australia|