27 Jun Vikings Rugby Round 12 Wrap Up
It was all smiles and sunshine from the get go for the Vikings, who enjoyed an excellent weekend of weather. The Vikings took the chocolates across the board, too, winning in every Grade against some stiff opposition. It was another busy day at Viking Park, the Club celebrating their Junior Vikings with several activities throughout the day and the 1st Grade sides contesting for the Roman Warcaba Cup.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
4th Grade set the standard for the days proceedings, taking an impressive victory against Hall to solidify their finals hopes. The boys started with good tempo, the forwards taking control of the game and their opponents to allow the Vikings to play at a fast pace. ‘Pistol’ Pete Conroy and ‘Big Red’ Isaac Heslop hit hard early and opened the game up for the backs, who were well drilled and directed by inside centre Bryce Taotua. The pace of the game allowed Jeremy Mututu to find his grove and plenty of space out on the wing, dotting down for a brace of tries. Grant Lukins selfishly awarded himself Player’s Player again and made sure to tell everyone he crossed paths with throughout the day that he scored a hat-trick. The score line didn’t quite reflect the physicality of the match, the Vikings winning 61-19.
3 Bryce Taotua
2 Jeremy Mututu
1 Grant Lukins
Player’s Player – Grant Lukins
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
The Thirsty Thirds took on table topping Hall in the match to watch at Viking Park, the Vikings playing one of their most complete performances of the year. 3rd Grade’s defensive efforts were outstanding, the Vikings controlling the game by denying their opponents any field position. Inside centre Alipate Mahanga was outstanding, having an excellent game on both sides of the ruck to set the platform for his outside backs to play off. It was again the forwards who led from the front, though – Matt Wafer and Pou Ahomee playing aggressively and lifting their team mates around them. Despite two yellow cards, 3rd Grade were able to hold off their opponents and even secure a bonus point, winning the match 36-12.
3 Alipate Mahanga
2 Matt Wafer
1 George Uilelea
Player’s Player – Pou Ahomee
Premier Division Colts
The Colties continued their fine form from recent weeks, kicking off the Premier Division Rugby’s battle against the Gungahlin Eagles with a great team performance. The Colts played with superb continuity, their speed of play and hunger for work off the ball a pleasure to watch. Luke Jawcoran had an fantastic game in the 2nd Row, playing with his trademark aggression and poise. His 2nd row partner, James ‘the Sauce’ Ashleigh was shown the Sauce when he took this aggression to new heights, after taking offence to the actions of his opposition in the 2nd Half. Darcy McLeod was again at his best, as well as Nic Marshall who was shifted from the wing to inside centre and had a cracking game in the backline. The Colts are improving just when they need to, taking a comfortable victory 40-12.
3 Luke Corcoran
2 Nic Marshall
1 John Madjaga
Player’s Player – Darcy McLeod
After sitting out of match play with two consecutive byes, the ViQueens were keen to set their platform for the second half of the season, facing the ADFA girls. From the kick off, the ViQueens played with cohesion, the forwards bashing their opponents to set the backs off on some galloping runs. Stef Stewart-Jones enjoyed an excellent game at hooker, bagging a double and Player’s Player. She was joined by inspirational Captain Peta Cox, who was equally dominant in the front row. Following their previous encounter, ADFA played with extra flair and intensity to match the ViQueens, the girls having to put in extra to come away with points. The ViQueens, though, proved their dominance of the Women’s competition once more, running away with a 73-0 victory.
3 Peta Cox
2 Paris Robinson
1 Stef Stewart-Jones
Player’s Player – Stef Stewart-Jones
Premier Division 2nd Grade
With several key players returning from injury to strengthen 1’s and 2’s, the 2nd Grade team that took the field on the weekend could have easily taken it for 1st Grade. The Dirty Twos started slowly – the Vikings moved the ball well, but tested their luck one too many times from their own half, turning over possession in costly positions which kept Gungahlin in the hunt. 2nd Grade were able to regather, however, and went into the 2nd half trailing 8-0. The second half was a much better display of Rugby – Sam Thomas continued his freakish try scoring ability with a quick brace of tries, the result of some smart phase play. Trai Henderson and Sam Gunning were outstanding in the centre of the field, gaining field position in attack and holding the Gungahlin backline at bay. Another brace of tries to Ryne Bowden and a consolation to replacement Pou Ahomee completed a much improved second half, the Vikings taking victory, 31-13.
3 Turi Hides
2 Sam Gunning
1 Cooper Taekata
Player’s Player – Ryne Bowden
Premier Division 1st Grade
The Vikings and Eagles 1st Grade teams contested for the Roman Warcaba Cup, an annual fixture between these two sides that honours the memory of Roman ‘Wacca’ Warcaba, a loyal member of the Vikings who passed away in 2007. Wacca was known for his hard edge style of play – it was fitting that both teams played an incredibly physical match in his memory. The 1st half was an arm wrestle between the two sides, neither team giving their opposite number an inch. Michael Oakman-Hunt had a Man of the Match performance in his first game back from injury, as did his backrow companion Angus Allen. The Vikings went into the half trailing 14-12, a mammoth second half ahead of them if they were to retain the Warcaba Cup. Michael Henry was first on the board in the half, scoring a try to put the Vikings in front following a rolling maul. The Vikings began to edge away from their opponents, but the Eagles continued to battle. They found themselves deep in the Vikings 22 with 10 minutes to go, down by 3 points. The Vikings resolve held, the home side taking a penalty that regained the momentum. A brilliant backline play allowed JP Mynhardt to break the line, draw the fullback and deliver a pass to Jordan Jackson-Hope who sealed the victory with a converted try. Final score 31-21.
The Vikings have now held the Warcaba Cup for 10 years in a row. Thanks to the Warcaba family, in particular Liam Warcaba, for always making this a special day for both the Club and Wacca’s family and friends.
3 Michael Oakman-Hunt
2 Darcy Swain
1 Angus Allen
Player’s Player – Michael Oakman-Hunt
An that’s a wrap for Round 12. Thanks to Hall, ADFA and Gungahlin for a great weekend of Rugby. Join us next weekend on the 30th of June at Viking Park, when we take on Queanbeyan and celebrate Hagar’s Day!