Well done Colts at Coogee Oval
Colts 1 won 87-10
Colts 2 won 63-5
Colts 3 45-5
At Rat Park
1sts lost 19-46
2nds won 20-12
3rds lost 13-33
4ths lost 21-25
Round 3 vs Eastern Suburbs at Coogee Oval 21st April "Back to Randwick Day" #localderby
‘Embarrassing’ first half costs the Wicks at defending Premiers
Randwick put Gordon to the sword in season opener but toiled in the heat on Saturday, losing to defending Premiers Warringah 46-19.
It was 30C with a hot north-westerly blowing across the ground; not ideal conditions for playing rugby.
The Wicks were keen to take their good form from last week into the clash against The Rats. It was only a few minutes into the game when halfback Tom Wong was forced to the blood bin with a mouth injury with Patrick Rumble coming on as a temporary replacement.
A short time later, Randwick trailed by seven points.
When Rats open-side flanker, Maclean Jones was yellow-carded for a high tackle, Randwick failed to capitalise.
Coupled with a number of missed one on one tackles, losing a few of their own lineout throws and difficulty securing the ball at re-starts, the Wicks went into the half time break trailing 31 points to 0.
The Wicks were under the pump from early in the first half. During the break, coach Owen Finegan was less than complimentary:
“Last week you played like world beaters,” he said. “That half was a little bit embarrassing and without doubt, the worst half you have played this year.”
The Wicks started the second half very aware of the focus areas and there were some significant improvements, enabling them to score 19 points in the second half.
However, the errors persisted, with a number of missed one-on-one tackles, failing to win lineouts when in a good attacking position; and turning over the ball within a metre of the goal line.
In second grade, Randwick were able to turn around their poor performance against Gordon last week and with some outstanding defence to kept Warringah scoreless in the second half. The coach’s man of the match was right wing James Ramm, who also scored a try. Final score was Warringah 12 — Randwick 20
Third grade were unable to repeat their form from last week and came up against a slick Warringah back line.
On a number of occasions, the Wicks failed to win their lineout, resulting in Warringah applying more pressure. The final score was Warringah 33 — Randwick 13.
Fourth grade looked good going forward but lost concentration, resulting in their second defeat of the season. A highlight was Randwick’s loose head prop Kieran Bonin. Final score Warringah 25 — Randwick 21.
It was a better weekend for Randwick Colts. The Colts 1 beat Warringah 87 — 10, Colts 2 won 63 — 5 and Colts 3 secured a 45 — 5 victory.
Randwick are back home next week against Eastern Suburbs.
Peter Meagher, Southern Courier
April 16, 2018