29 Apr Vikings Rugby Round 4 Wrap Up
All grades were back at it over the weekend following the Easter break, but as was evident from the performance in 3s and 4s that some players were still elsewhere mentally. However, it was a largely positive day for the Vikings, who went 5 from 7 (the ViQueens playing and winning two games) as all the Grades begin to find their feet after a rocky start to the season.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
To paint you a picture for how deep a hole 4th Grade were in even prior to kick off, Grant ‘Manteena’ Lukins selected himself to play flyhalf. Given that Grant usually gives himself the Player’s Player points, most were unsure if he even knew how to give a pass. To Grant’s credit, despite playing in a foreign position, he put in a typical gutsy effort in a dogged day for 4th Grade. The rag tag team that will find some consistency in its players now that we are past the Easter and ANZAC break were outplayed by their ADFA counterparts, who exploited the space out wide on several occasions and generally had more in the tank than the Vikings. Big Siaosi Fakalolo still managed to nab a brace of tries and was tough with ball in hand, while recent acquisition Michael Hanna had an encouraging game at Fullback. This game was a case of ADFA simply being better on the day and the Vikings doing their best with who they had on deck, much to their credit. Watch this space for vast improvement – ADFA 47 – 19 Vikings.
3 Siaosi Fakalolo
2 Michael Hanna
1 Peter Conroy
Player’s Player – Swaniso Puteho
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
Quite a difficult game to be involved in and for anyone to watch, as 3rd Grade were thoroughly licked in their Grand Final rematch against ADFA. The Vikings looked like they would make it a tough contest early, particularly in the forwards, with Antonio Vailoaloa pilfering some ball in the first quarter of the match and everyone in attendance excited by the prospect of Simon Vunilagi playing his first game for the Club. Unfortunately, the Vikings were never in this game – several costly missed tackles and some head scratcher decisions in attack put Vikings well behind the eight ball and on the scoreboard, ADFA running in 5 or 6 tries in the first half alone. What Coach Sinclair found most disappointing was the attitude of his young side, who dropped their heads and gave ADFA the chance to stamp their authority on the competition. It’s still early days for this 3rd Grade side, who will learn from this experience and come back better this weekend when they take on Royals. ADFA 65 – 0 Vikings.
The ViQueens played in their last Preseason 10s tournament before the season proper, coming away with two victories to cap off an up-and-down preseason. The girls won their first game against Easts, who had given them a touch up in their first preseason game back in March, 10-5. They then took on the old foe, Royals, and came away with a positive 20-5 win. The ViQueens are starting to find some consistency at trainings which is translating to on-field performance – we can’t wait to see how their title defence plays out in 2019.
3 Lucy de Masson
2 Charlotte Horan
1 Ema Masi
Premier Division Colts
The Colts opened the day for the Premier Grades at North Oval, against the Uni-North Owls. After a slow start, the Vikings were able to find their feet and roll on to a big victory. This is incredibly pleasing given that this is a very young Colts side – Coach Kydd was happy with his team’s progress to date with one eye on next week’s Grand Final rematch against the Queanbeyan Whites. Jed Englert had an outstanding game at Fullback, the boy from Bathurst really making a name for himself at the Club after another Man of the Match performance. He was also pinpoint accurate with the boot, only missing one kick on the day. He was joined by fellow Stanni’s graduate Harper Kemp, who has found himself at Flanker after playing his junior footy as a Prop. It was also a welcome return for forward flyer Tim Cushan, who played his first game of the year following a knee injury in the preseason. But all the talk will be of Jack Wright and ‘that’ dummy. Vikings 47 – 7 Uni-North.
3 Jed Englert
2 Harper Kemp
1 Bailey Goymer-Peak
Player’s Player – Jed Englert
Premier Division 2nd Grade
The Dirty Twos followed in the Colts footsteps, playing a great game of footy against a Uni-North’s side that is generally their bogey team. Coach Allardyce was very impressed with the Vikings performance – the forward pack had an industrious game that allowed the backline to burn rubber. And that they did through Dean Wilson, who had an absolute blinder and Man of the Match performance. Richard Joyes was again the stand out in the forward pack, ably joined by Sione Taula and the rising Dan Uilelea. Trai Henderson made his presence felt in his second game back in 2019, playing a destructive game at Inside Centre. The Club is also still relishing having Joe Langtry back in the fray, after dogging the Club last year to join the army only to return and strengthen the back-three stocks. A hugely positive result for the Vikings, who also face Queanbeyan in a Grand Final rematch this coming weekend. Vikings 38 – 14 Uni-Norths.
3 Dean Wilson
2 Richard Joyes
1 Trai Henderson
Player’s Player – Dean Wilson
Premier Division 1st Grade
1st grade were searching for their first win of the season after a tough start to the year. In 2018, the Vikings drew with and then lost to Uni-North – victory would not be coming easily for the Vikings. The game was a tight tussle, the Vikings going into the half with a slim 12-8 lead. Handling errors continued to holt any momentum the Vikings found in attack, with the Owls taking advantage of possession by peppering the Vikings defence through their big forward pack. Len Ikitau again proved why he is next level, having another huge game from Outside Centre. Andrew Robinson is recapturing the form that saw him represent the Brumbies in 2017, having a blinder on the Wing. The forwards were led by girthy Prop Vunipola Fifita, who is enjoying his time since joining the Club. The Vikings found themselves on the path to victory, up 22-15, before Uni-Norths touched down and converted to tie the game at 22 all. Surely, not another draw with Uni. But the Red Men were able to strike back with a try over their own, and take the win in a classic game of Rugby. Vikings 27 – 22 Uni-Norths.
3 Len Ikitau
2 Andrew Robinson
1 Vunipola Fifita
Player’s Player – Len Ikitau
That’s a wrap for Round 4. This coming weekend, Premier Grade take on the Queanbeyan Whites at Viking Park, while 1st Division head out to Phillip Oval to play Royals. The ViQueens start their regular season on a Bye.