07 May Vikings Rugby Round 5 Wrap Up
The Vikings were split across two venues once again, with the Premier Grades facing the Queanbeyan Whites at Viking Park while 1st Division travelled out to Phillip to take on Royals. There were some big scores that came out of Viking Park, however 1st Division struggled against a young Royals outfit.
1st Division 2nd Grade (4th Grade)
4th Grade were bolstered by the inclusion of several Colts, as well as old boy Michael Harkins who decided to lace up the boots once more. Harko had some nice early involvements, but unfortunately was removed from the field within the first 10 minutes with a knee injury. Get well soon mate.
The Vikings were simply outgunned by a young, fit Royals side – with 4th Grade only just starting to piece together a consistent team after the Easter break, they again struggled to build momentum against their opponents. Toby O’Brien had another cracking game, this time lining up at Scrumhalf. Cooper Spencer-Jones, who has had a fine start to the year with Colts, had a solid game at Inside Centre. And Mase Duggan continues to prove that he is the find for 4th Grade, having another great game in the back row and earning Player’s Player honours. With a little more training under their belt and the inclusion of some 4th Grade regulars from season past, this side will only continue to improve and eventually reclaim the form that they have enjoyed in previous years. Royals 19 – 7 Vikings.
3 Toby O’Brien
2 Cooper Spencer-Jones
1 Mase Duggan
Player’s Player – Mase Duggan
1st Division 1st Grade (3rd Grade)
It was a gutsy performance from the Thirsty Thirds, who needed to rebound following last week’s dismal showing against ADFA. The Vikings had a solid first half, going into half-time with a 16-14 lead. That was the only points the Vikings would score, however, as Royals came out in the second half and stole the game. Scoring some opportunistic tries against a Vikings side still lacking fitness, Royals scored 14 unmatched points to take the victory. There was some committed play from the Vikings, however, who played with more purpose than the previous week. Coach Sinclair was happy overall with his side and said that their improvement would only continue to show. Returning player’s Jonty Hromow and Charlie Jackson were excellent additions to the 3rd Grade side, having great games from Flyhalf and Outside Centre respectively. Andrew Talaina continued his form and had another solid game at No. 8. Unfortunately, though, not everyone pulled their weight on the day – Coach Sinclair wasn’t too impressed with Scrumhalf Trent Garrett’s performance, who seemed more focussed on looking at his missus who was in attendance rather than what was happening in front of him. Royals 28 – 16 Vikings.
3 Jonty Hromow
2 Charlie Jackson
1 Andrew Talaina
Player’s Player – Jonty Hromow
Premier Division Colts
The Colts opened the day at Viking Park against Queanbeyan, and if you were in attendance you would agree that this was a very polished performance. The Colts were up for their Grand Final rematch from the get go, the forwards completely outmuscling their counterparts. John Madjaga led the way at Prop once more, having a solid performance in the scrum. The defence in the Vikings 22 was pleasing, holding off the Queanbeyan attack by winning some crucial turnovers and then working their way back down field to get the chocolates. Reece Chin had a great game at Flyhalf, his silky hands setting up several tries for the Vikings. Jed Englert was again outstanding at Fullback – he is quickly becoming one of the best counter attackers at the Club, finding space with ball in hand and slicing through the defence. Jed helped set up an awesome offload try that sealed the match for the Vikings. It was pleasing to see Tom Hooper back on the paddock, too, who made his presence felt in his first crack with the Vikings on Saturday. The Colts remain undefeated. Vikings 34 – 10 Queanbeyan.
3 Reece Chin
2 Jed Englert
1 John Madjaga
Player’s Player – Jed Englert
Premier Division 2nd Grade
Carrying on from Colts, 2nd Grade had a dominant display in a Grand Final rematch of their own. This was one of the best performances by the Dirty Two’s in the last few years, with both forwards and backs completely dominating their counterparts. Jack Evenden had the game of his life at Flyhalf, controlling the game astutely and even fending players a la Lomu when running himself. His halves partner Blake Henman was equally outstanding, taking smart options from the base of the ruck when running, kicking and passing. This was a difficult game to single out best on ground, as everyone was on their game – the forwards dominated the set piece, the ruck and the contest overall, while the backs were aggressive in both attack and defence with strong carries and plenty of speed. Even the bench players added to the game, which is pleasing given most of them played significant minutes in their earlier game. A special mention to Isaiah Tikitau, who was buzzing to be back on the field after dislocating his hip only 11 months ago. Vikings 68 – 17 Queanbeyan.
3 Jack Evenden
2 Blake Henman
1 Izaak Weston
Player’s Player – Jack Evenden & Blake Henman
Premier Division 1st Grade
This was a game that looked like it would be a tight, low-scoring match – however, the final score will tell you otherwise. The Vikings were behind the 8-ball early, trailing 12-0 after the Whites scored two quick tries. The Vikings struggled to get out of their own half – met by some solid defence, the Vikings would plug the ball into Queanbeyan territory, only for it to be returned to their 22 thanks to the boot of Queanbeyan’s young fullback Brendan Jimenez. Towards the backend of the first half, the Vikings started to make some headway – off the back of a dominant scrum, the Vikings worked their way downfield and began to close the gap. A nice try to Andrew Robinson off an inside ball from Seamus Smith saw the Vikings go into the break leading 14-12. A chat with Coach Scrivener at half-time had the Vikings back on track, playing some good, consistent Rugby to rumble up field and take points, again off the back of their scrum. Vunipola Fifita was the best on ground for the Vikings – the key to the scrum and 1st Grade’s best weapon in attack. He was joined by his front-row partner Angus Wagner, who dealt the damage through his incredible work rate. It was tit for tat for most of the 2nd half, the Vikings scoring a try only for Queanbeyan to score a try. But the Vikings were simply too strong, outlasting their opponents to win convincingly. Vikings 50 – 29 Queanbeyan
3 Vunipola Fifita
2 Andrew Robinson
1 Angus Wagner
Player’s Player – Vunipola Fifita
And that’s a wrap for Round 5. This coming weekend, the Premier Grades head out to Nicolls Oval to play Gungahlin, 1st Division travel to Hall to take on the Bushrangers, while the ViQueens have their first regular season match of the year against Royals at Viking Park. Stay tuned for game times!