16 Apr Vikings Rugby Round 2 Wrap Up
Round 2 saw the Red Men revamped and revitalized after a handful of narrow losses to Royals the previous week. Facing the Eagles at their home ground, the Vikings displayed strength and resilience against a formidable Eagles pack, using the howling northwesterly wind to their advantage. It was a great day to be a Viking on Saturday – the club taking 5 out of 6 Grades.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
Our 4th Grade boys took the field with another interesting mix of players – players of old, players of new and a couple of incumbents. On paper the Vikings back line was one to watch – Kai Brownlie dusted off the cobwebs and made his return to the jersey, while Beau Mokotupu proved that he is one of the most prolific Vikings of all time with an outstanding performance at inside centre. We won’t say anymore on Beau’s performance – he’ll tell you how well he played, anyway. Some great go forward by Joel Morris and Pete Conroy gave the Vikings good field position, and although not the best ‘Bowdo’ out at Gungahlin on the day, Mitch Bowden had some nice touches from outside centre. The Vikings paid the price from some early tries out on the sting , falling to a strong Eagles outfit, 15-39.
3 Beau Mokotupu
2 Pete Conroy
1 Colin Montgomery
Player’s Player – Beau Mokotupu
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
3rd Grade were looking for redemption against an Eagles team that got the better of them in last year’s Grand Final. It didn’t take long for the Thirsty Thirds to find their groove, with some sharp touches early on in the piece. Blake Henman continues to prove his worth, kicking tactfully and playing with great poise from scrumhalf. A welcome return from 3rd Grade legend Richard Joyes was immense for the 3s forward pack, who dominated in a physical encounter. The score see-sawed for the entire match, with the Vikings eventually being the last to score and taking the lead late. The Eagles threatened the Vikings 22 in the dying minutes of the match, but a brilliant turn over by (can’t remember, insert name here) on the bell sealed the victory for the Vikings. Final score 21-17.
3 Blake Henman
2 Richard Joyes
1 Owen Barker
Player’s Player – Blake Henman
The ViQueens began their season on Saturday after a Bye in the first round, featuring one of their strongest sides in their history. Unfortunately the ViQueens played out of Nicholls Oval, 10 mins down the road from the boys. But despite not having their usual supporters, the ViQueens turned in one of the largest scores in John I Dent history, with a 116-0 pouncing of their Eagles adversaries. Current Brumbies representative Remi Wilton picked up a hat trick from scrumhalf, along with another Brumby Tayla Stanford who scored 4 tries. But it was ViQueens stalwarts, captain Peta Cox and flanker Emily Sogal who led the girls exceptionally, proving that the ViQueens will once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. With so many new faces in this year’s ViQueens team, it will be an exciting year for a team that is long overdue for success. Just to be clear, you read the score correctly – final score to the ViQueens 116-0.
3 Peta Cox
2 Emily Sogal
1 Kirra Burke
Player’s Player – Emily Sogal
Premier Division Colts
Following their promising win against Royals last weekend, our young guns were also looking for redemption against an Eagles outfit that knocked them out of the finals series in 2017. The Colties scored the first try of the match and maintained the lead heading into the 2nd half, 15-5. Ben Gillespie was inspirational to watch – having found himself at blindside flanker due to a diabolical number of injuries, he threw himself into contact and led the aggression for the Vikings – an aggression that hasn’t been seen at Colts level since Josh Hitchens 5th year in the U20s. The second half was no different, the players outlasted a final fight from the Eagles to finish with a solid win, 30-15. Billy Carberry continued his outstanding form from inside centre – Billy is one to watch for the Vikings in years to come.
3 Ben Gillespie
2 Billy Carberry
1 Cooper Taekata
Player’s Player – Billy Carberry
Premier Division 2nd Grade
2nd Grade started off guns blazing, scoring early in the piece and displaying some electric rugby. They established an early lead, but were again let down by some poor defence and ill-discipline, heading into the half time break with a narrow lead. A stern word from Head Coach Bryce McNicol put the boys in their place, reminding them that the game wouldn’t be won easily. The 2nd half proved a dog fight – both teams trying to make the most of the windy conditions. The Eagles struck first after the break and took the lead, but not for long. The Vikings showed their determination and through some well structured play, finished the back and forth encounter 43-34 victors. Petrus Jacobus-Paulus Jean-Pierre (JP) Mynhardt was his usual best, running some great angles and linking well with the outside backs.
3 Rhys Griffiths
2 JP Mynhardt
1 Brett Naylor
Player’s Player – JP Mynhardt
Premier Division 1st Grade
What a difference a week makes. The Vikings were set to assert their prowess against the Eagles, after having fallen agonizingly short against Royals the week previously. Following a moving Welcome to Country pre-match, the Vikings drew first blood, and from there, continued to stack on the points. It was certainly a lot of fun to watch as a Vikings fan – the 1st Graders scoring from just about everywhere on the field, finishing the first half 59-5. Brendon Taueki found his mojo with a stellar game from fullback and Isaac Thompson led the team astutely as captain, easily the best on ground. The Eagles came out of the sheds at halftime determined to close the gap, picking up 3 tries of their own and keeping the Vikings at bay. The first half demolition proved too much for the home side, however, as the Vikings finished victorious, 66-24.
Congratulations to Isaac Thompson, who was also awarded the Vodafone Man of the Match thanks to Brumbies Rugby!
3 Isaac Thompson
2 Angus Wagner
1 Brendon Taueki
Player’s Player – Brendon Taueki
Thanks to Gungahlin for hosting us for another exciting round of John I Dent action. A special mention must go the way of 1st Grader Michael Oakman-Hunt – Mikey is currently on a short-term contract with the Brumbies and made his debut against the Highlanders only hours after 1st Grade’s victory. Congrats, Mikey!
We look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday the 21st of April when our Premier Grade sides take on the Uni-North Owls at North Oval.