31 Aug Round 7 Wrap Up
A glorious Canberra day on Saturday, as the Vikings and ViQueens took on Royals Rugby Club out at Phillip Oval. The Vikings went 3 from 6 against a Royals side that are traditionally tough when playing the Red Men at home.
A solid weekend for our Gen Red teams, who got a handful of W’s on the board.
U18 Boys Div 1 12 – 30 Canberra Grammar
U18 Boys Div 3 41 – 19 Canberra Grammar
U16 Boys Div 1 17 – 5 Daramalan
U16 Girls White 15 – 32 Bateman’s Bay
U16 Girls Red 59 – 25 Royals Rugby
For more information on our Gen Red program, click here.
Premier Division 4th Grade vs Royals Rugby
4th Grade welcomed back several old heads, all to help celebrate Jack Cartwright’s 100th game for the Club. The Vikings started with a bang, through none other than Jackie C himself, who scored the first try of the match. As you would expect at Phillip, though, Royals bounced back quickly and levelled the score to 7 all. The Vikings had several attacking opportunities but were unable to capitalise, and went into halftime locked at 7-7. The return of Beau Mokotupu was hugely welcomed, one of the Club’s greatest players showing his class from Scrumhalf. The man who cannot say no to a game, Geoff ‘Ogre’ Adam, was equally outstanding, having several strong carries and dominating the set piece. The second half opened up a little with 3 quick tries to the Vikings, which would ultimately prove the difference. A great way to celebrate Jackie C’s 100th, but also the victory was enough to keep 4th Grade in the top three of their comp. Vikings 24 – 19 Royals.
3 Geoff Adam
2 Beau Mokotupu
1 Jack Cartwright
Player’s Player – Beau Mokotupu
Premier Division 3rd Grade vs Royals Rugby
Another tough day at the office for the Thirsty Thirds, but there were still some positive signs that the boys are improving each week. Royals got the scoring started with a try in the first 5 minutes of the match. The scores were levelled shortly after when Freddie Pitasi grabbed a brilliant intercept and ran 40m to score, although it looked more like 500m for the flying Italian. The rest of the match belonged to Royals, who ran in several more tries before halftime and kept the Vikings at bay with some solid defence. The Vikings were once again their own worst enemy, squandering several scoring opportunities that Royals capitalised on. Despite the score-line, the effort and commitment shown by the Thirsty Thirds was outstanding, and they are building in confidence with each game. A shout out to the Club’s four debutants, Alex Reed, Zavia Scott, Lucien Tapsell and Brad Hearne. Vikings 5 – 48 Royals.
3 Alex Reed
2 Zavia Scott
1 Ethan Brazel
Player’s Player – Alex Reed
ViQueens vs Royals Rugby
The ViQueens put in a huge effort at training the past week, characterised by lots of intensity, hard work and cohesion leading into Royals week. There were some brilliant individual efforts on Saturday, however fielding quite a young side, playing against a much more experienced Royals outfit and failing to put the great work at training into the game, the girls were bettered on the day. The ViQueens scramble defence was on display, due to several errors when they did have ball in hand. Paris Robinson, when the ViQueens had possession, was fantastic at Fullback. Mikaela Callender, who is having a blinder of a year, matched the physicality of the Royals pack with her solid defence and strong carries. After some stern words from Coach Petersen at half time, the ViQueens dug deep in the second half and managed to string together some nice passages of play. But they were unable to overcome the deficit from the first half, and were left licking their wounds. The girls have a lot of work to do as we draw closer to finals, but the only way is up, and they are sure to put in a solid shift against Wests on the 12th of September. ViQueens 0 – 34 Royals.
3 Paris Robinson
2 Mikaela Callender
1 Sharon Waihape
Player’s Player – Paris Robinson
Premier Division Colts vs Royals Rugby
A good rev up from Coach Henry in the warm up had the Colts rearing to go, and as a result they started quickly to stun Royals. After some well worked phase play, the Vikings were first on the board with a try. The Vikings maintained possession and were able to score another try shortly after, following a nice short ball from Josh Story to try-scoring machine Tupou Lolohea. A lapse in concentration let Royals in for a score, but the Vikings struck back with another 3 tries of their own in succession off the back of some burly runs from John Madjaga (welcome back Johnny). Of the 3 tries scored, one was from Josh Story who showed some unexpected deftness of foot to bambozzle the Royals defence, and another went to Scrumhalf Aedan Billiards, who scored a sneaky try despite having a 4 on 1 outside him. The Colties didn’t let their foot off the gas coming into the second half, and after a good scrum Liam O’Sullivan crossed over for his second try of the match. A stalemate ensued from this point on, with Royals holding possession but the Vikings busy keeping them from scoring. Cooper Sullivan led this effort, as did Harper Kemp, both boys egging their team mates on through their actions. Although Royals were able to nab a few late tries, the Vikings were too good on the day, and came away with a great victory. Vikings 31 – 17 Royals.
3 Cooper Sullivan
2 Harper Kemp
1 Josh Story
Player’s Player – Cooper Sullivan & John Madjaga
Premier Division 2nd Grade vs Royals Rugby
A huge defensive effort saw the Dirty Twos get one back on their rivals on Saturday. Two tries to Trai Henderson and two penalty goals to JD Lealiifano was enough for the Vikings to get across the line. The Vikings had an early penalty goal from in front, however a lapse let Royals in for an easy converted try, which is where the scores lay heading into oranges. Another destructive display by Colt-aged backrower Pat Maka and a nice falcon copped by Trai Henderson highlighted the half. The break spurred the Vikings on, and after a great rolling maul Trai Henderson jinked and danced his way across the line for a much needed try. ‘Daddy Bump’ was able to notch a double after a dominant scrum on the Royals line, taking the score to 13 – 7 the Vikings way. The game see-sawed, before a penalty to JD Lealiifano gave the Red Men a 9 point lead, which was just enough to deny Royals after they scored a late try. Notable mentions to the swarm of Colts who came off the bench and contributed, particularly Harper Kemp who has quietly become the Club’s swiss-army knife. Vikings 16 – 14 Royals.
3 Pat Maka
2 Trai Henderson
1 JD Lealiifano
Player’s Player – Pat Maka
Premier Divison 1st Grade vs Royals Rugby
After a well earned break, 1st Grade were raring to go and get stuck into the old foe. The match started with the Red Men running with the aid of a slight breeze and looking to attack at every opportunity. It was Royals who would score first, however, through a penalty goal at the 17 minute mark, both teams taking their time to settle into the match. Michael Oakman-Hunt continued his great form by leading the forward pack in attack, and after a concerted drive in Royals 22 Seamus Smith was able to crash over to score near the posts. It didn’t take long for the Vikings to extend their lead – Andrew Robinson made a great snipe to take possession deep into Royals territory, before Callum Smith put Lock partner Tom Hooper over in the corner. Isaac Henry converted to give the Vikings a handy 14-3 lead. Royals were able to crash over to close the gap heading into halftime, indicating that this would be another hard fought contest between the two teams. An Isaac Henry penalty goal at the start of the second half stretched the lead 17-8 the Vikings way, but Royals were able to strike back with a converted try of their own. Sione Mau, playing against his former club, had a massive game, causing plenty of damage around the ruck. Another penalty goal to Isaac Henry gave the Vikings a 5 point lead, with just under 25 minutes to go. But Royals hit back quickly, another converted try giving them the lead for the second time in the match. Some brilliant work by Max Ravouvou put Mikey Oakman-Hunt over for a converted try, the Vikings regaining pole position 27-22. With the forwards continuing their battle and the backs probing out wide, time was ticking to seal the deal for the Red Men. To their dismay, Royals scored another converted try to once again steal the lead. The last gasp effort by the Vikings wasn’t enough this time round, and the Red Men took a hard fought loss. There is still plenty to play for in what is shaping to be a tight competition in 1st Grade, and the Vikings will relish their opportunity against the Whites next weekend. Vikings 27 – 29 Royals.
3 Sione Mau
2 Michael Oakman-Hunt
1 Tom Hooper
Player’s Player – Sione Mau
That’s a wrap for Round 7. Next weekend, all Grades bar the ViQueens take on Queanbeyan at Campese Oval. Stay tuned for game times on our social media!