24 Apr Vikings Rugby Round 3 Wrap Up
Following some tremendous results the week prior against the Eagles, the Vikings were ready to demonstrate their flair and poise against a Uni-North Owls side hungry for a victory. There were beautiful sunny skies on Saturday, setting the stage for some exciting rugby across the Grades.
Kicking off the day at 12:05pm at Viking Park, our valiant ViQueens weren’t short of confidence in their return to home soil, following a demolition against the Eagles the week previously. Our girls demonstrated the strength and skill they are known for early, but it was obvious this was going to be a tough match against an impressive Owls side. New to the club this year from Rugby League, Paris Robinson had a blinder, crossing for a meat pie and directing play well from inside centre. Brumby Remi Wilton also had a cracker, continuing her strong form from her time in the Super W comp. Just shy of their memorable score last week, our ViQueens finished 14-5 victors against the Owls.
3 Paris Robinson
2 Remi Wilton
1 Peta Cox
Player’s Player – Paris Robinson & Remi Wilton
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
The Feisty Fours took the field following the ViQueens seeking their first victory of the year. They welcomed inter-state rivals Goulburn, and as expected from their opponents from the country, our boys had a bruising encounter. 4th Grade showed strong defense early on, the applied pressure resulting in the Vikings taking first points. Goulburn stuck with our boys, keeping the scores level for the majority of the match. Josh Birch made a welcome return to rugby – the ex-Canberra Viking delivering a man of the match performance from outside centre. The side of the scrum continues to drive our 4th Graders – revered beer reviewer Grant Lukins and Sven Baker combining well in the backrow to give the Vikings some added grunt. 4th Grade finished best on the day, notching their first victory of the year in a 28-26 win.
3 Josh Birch
2 Grant Lukins
1 Sven Baker
Player’s Player – Josh Birch
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
3rd Grade rounded off the day at Viking Park, also taking on Goulburn in a spirited encounter. Following in the steps of 4s, the Thirsty Thirds displayed some rock solid defense against a highly charged Goulburn pack. It was a gripping match – 3s trailed for a significant part of the game, leaving their comeback for the dying minutes of the match. Down by 5 points with a plethora of substitute players making their impact, 3rd Grade scored with 2 minutes remaining to level the score. Unfortunately, the conversion went astray and the match concluded 24-24. Richard Joyes, as always, was immense, again proving himself to be the greatest 3rd Grade player in the club’s history. Making a brief cameo thanks to the wheelings and dealings of Robert Vejvoda, Josh Hitchins was his aggressive self, crossing for two tries and menacing his opponents around the ruck. A special mention to scrumhalf Riley Banks, who like Michael Oakman-Hunt received a personal letter from Brumbies Rugby this week – but unlike Mickey, it referenced the fact that he is on thin ice, having received 2 yellow cards in as many games.
3 Richard Joyes
2 Josh Hitchins
1 Junior Sotogi
Player’s Player – Richard Joyes
Premier Division Colts
The Colties kicked off proceedings for the Premier Grades, who were on the road playing out of North Oval against the Uni-North Owls. Our Colts have been in outstanding form and are gelling nicely as a squad. However, the past weekend proved a real test for them, the Owls determined not to roll over easily. The Colts started slow and were challenged early in the piece, having to grind against an Owls side desperate for a win. Tim Cushan and Ben Pratt were everywhere, making good use of themselves in attack and defense from all positions on the park. The Colts found themselves chasing the win in the final quarter, a determined Owls pack setting the pace. It was speed demon Jy Clarke who crossed late to give the Vikings their lead and seal the victory, 14-12. Seamus Smith was the stand out for the Colts, having a strong impact from scrumhalf.
3 Seamus Smith
2 Tim Cushan
1 Angus Burns
Player’s Player – Ben Pratt
Premier Division 2nd Grade
The Dirty Twos were looking to redeem themselves after a less than impressive performance the week previously. Following several injuries and unavailability’s 2nd Grade found themselves with a very different pack, but this didn’t stop them from starting the way they have all year with a few quick tries. 2nd Grade were able to hold the Owls in their half for the majority of the match, defending with aggression and attacking with flair. Rhys Griffiths continued his excellent form with another dominant display in the backrow, Max Ravouvou providing the goods for the backs. The highlight of the game was watching club stalwart Brett Naylor finding himself in a whole lot of space, sprinting downfield with unheard of speed for a prop to cross for a brilliant try. As always, it depends on who you talk to about how long his run was. 2nd Grade capped a fine return to form with a 31-15 victory.
3 Rhys Griffiths
2 Max Ravouvou
1 Brett Naylor
Player’s Player – Rhys Griffiths
Premier Division 1st Grade
All the Grades were challenged throughout the day by their reinvigorated Owl opponents – and 1st Grade proved no different, the Vikings pushed until the final bell. 1st Grade had a strong 1st half, camping themselves in Uni-North territory with some strong forward play and unrelenting defense. The Vikings were able to come away with 2 tries, but were testing constantly by the Owls scrum and pressure around the ruck. The 2nd half started as the 1st half finished, the Owls defense getting the better of the Vikings who didn’t seem to click when they had ball in hand. With the crowd behind them, the Owls backline set off after another dominant scrum and scored with less than 15 minutes to play, taking the lead 17-12. The Vikings weren’t to be undone, however, playing as they should have all match with direct carries and smart backline play, eventuating in Sione Taula scoring on the stroke of full time. The final try was the cherry on top of Sione Taula’s performance, who was genuinely scary to watch in defense. Brendan Taueki wasn’t able to split the the two sides with his conversion, however, keeping the score leveled at 17-17.
A special mention must go to Darcy Swain, who has been with the club now for three years and is a regular 1st Grader. Darcy signed on to the Brumbies squad late last year, and on Sunday he received his 1st Super Rugby cap. Congratulations Darcy – we look forward to seeing you earn many more in Super Rugby!
3 Sione Taula
2 Cameron Holt
1 Angus Wagner
Player’s Player – Sione Taula
Thanks to the Owls for hosting us and for giving us a great day of rugby. We hope you can join us next Saturday the 28th of April when we take on the Queanbeyan Whites for what is bound to be a heated contest in the Match of the Round out at Campese Oval.