KWS 1st XV v The Armidale School
Result: KWS won 26-0
Report: The KWS 1st XV were looking forward to defending the Coonabarabran Cup against their country rivals TAS. After three difficult encounters at a 1st XV level the boys were ready to register their first win of the season. The game started well and the boys went straight into their patterns, challenging the opposition with wave after wave of attack. Cody Kelso scored the first try after some excellent lead up work. TAS questioned the KWS defence on multiple occasions and the KWS boys passed with flying colours only to send them homeward to think again. Alex Brien finished off an opportunistic try and Preston Simpson added the extras, KWS went to the break leading 14-0.
The second half was more controlled and within 10 minutes Alex Brien’s elusive footwork was on display as he cut back in from the right wing and scored his second try. As Sam Ridley left the field battered and bruised James Wilson added some additional speed and before too long he scored the fourth and final try of the match. As combinations started to form the overall performance of the team was pleasing.
Try Scorers: Cody Kelso, Alex Brien 2, James Wilson.
Conversions: Preston Simpson 2 2 2.
Points: 3 points Ed Taylor; 2 points Ben Bellamy, Will Smith; 1 Point Alex Brien, Josh Dominello, Digby Cooper.
Mr Huon Barrett
KWS 1st XV v The Kings School (28 May 2019)
Result: TKS 53 - KWS 7
Report: The KWS 1st XV played a trial game against The Kings School on the weekend. This fixture has continued over the past few years and it was great to host Kings. In 2018, Kings were very accommodating in allowing KWS to hold our rugby camp at Parramatta.
The game started with plenty of commitment at the tackle with both sides not taking a backward step. Kings were dominant at the breakdown and tied together a number of phases to score early in the half. Kings also were very good at shifting the ball wide which allowed them to score a number of break out tries.
The KWS men showed persistence and Preston Simpson scored mid-way through the first half with a individual “chip and chase” try. Defensive efforts by William Smith, Ed Taylor, William Leulf, Ben Bellamy and Josh Dominello were impressive. Kings on the day were to strong and it was a valuable lesson for the KWS men about body height and commitment at the breakdown. Final Score TKS 53 KWS 7. The first XV will train hard and revisit a number of skills worked on at the rugby camp over the break for The Armidale School on the weekend as they will be playing for the “Coonabarabran Cup”.
Points: 3 William Smith, 2 Preston Simpson, 1 Sam Ridley.
Mr Liam Callaghan
KWS 1st XV v St Edmund’s College
Result: Eddies 34 - KWS 15
Report: It was an occasion not to be missed. Playing Eddies at GIO Stadium before the Brumbies vs Lions game. I am sure that the 23 KWS Rugby players who were a part of this fixture will remember it for a lifetime. The powerful Eddies juggernaut were playing their fourth game of the season and were brimming with confidence after convincingly beating St Augustine’s College last week. In the first game of the season for the KWS boys, it was evident that our timing was a little out and the occasion was impacting on our ability to find a rhythm.
At half-time we were down 24-3 but the enthusiasm and courage of the boys to move beyond this deficit, against a significantly larger team, was momentous. The second half was inspiring and it was hard to believe that the boys had only played 30 minutes of football this season as they shifted up a number of gears. Sam Ridley (Vice-Captain) and Will Smith (Captain) crossed the line bringing a great deal of believe that we can compete at this level.
Try Scorers: Sam Ridley, Will Smith.
Penalty and Conversion: Preston Simpson.
Points: 3 points - Preston Simpson; 2 points - Will Smith, Digby Cooper; 1 point - Sam Ridley, Ed Taylor.
Mr Huon Barrett
KWS 1st XV v Cranbrook
Result: Cranbrook 31 - KWS 19
Report: In the second game of the camp for the 1st XV it was clearly evident that the team dynamics and structures were starting to take shape. The game was both physical and exciting as Cranbrook skipped to an early lead before the shear pace and determination from Preston Simpson saw him cross for our first 5 pointer of the day. At half-time Cranbrook had an impressive lead (24-7) but they had not anticipated the resilience and commitment from the men in blue. Tries to Tom Richardson and Preston closed the gap before Cranbrook crossed for their last try of the game. There were some encouraging signs and three or four opportunities missed. In the end, Cranbrook were deserved winners but it was one hell of a battle.
Try Scorers: Preston Simpson 2, Tom Richardson
Conversions: Preston Simpson 2
Points: 3 points Preston Simpson; 2 points Will Smith, Sam Ridley; 1 point Ed Taylor, Hugh McIntyre.
Mr Huon Barrett
KWS 2nd XV v Cranbrook
Result: Cranbrook 29 - KWS 14
Report: For the majority of the 2nd XV this was their first match of the season. Cranbrook started well, scoring 3 early tries before Hamish Poole hit back with a 5 pointer. At the break the boys were down 22-5. The KWS boys saved their best for the second half, spending most the half in opposition territory. Hamish Macdougall crossed the line for our second try and the KWS boys, through the boot of Lewis Dunshea, moved to 14. A late try to Cranbrook saw them extend their lead in the final stages of the match. A big thank you to Declan Kelly and Felix Mitchell who played half a game for the boys from the Eastern Suburbs (DK scored the first try for Cranbrook – no love lost there and they were pretty keen to keep him).
Try Scorers: Hamish Poole, Hamish Mcdougall.
Conversions: Lewis Dunshea 2 2.
Points: 3 points Will Leulf; 2 points Ethan Rutherford, Sterling Taylor; 1 point Declan Kelly.
Mr Huon Barrett
KWS 2nd XV v The Armidale School
Report: The 2nd XV had a good start to the season, with an entertaining game at Coonabarabran. “DK” Kelly led the side ably, with a very high work-rate and lots of involvement. This helped to lift the team to a good win. Defence by Lew and Richo led to plenty of runs from Hugh, Nic and Ethan. The halves pairing of Will Luelf and Lewis Dunshea asked plenty of questions, along with some good game control. The standout performer was James Wilson on the wing, who had a blinder, with aggressive running, tackling and turnovers a plenty, well done James!
Tries: Liam Choi, James Wilson & Ethan Rutherford.
Mr Jason Smith
KWS 16A v The Armidale School
Result: KWS won 39-5
Report: The first 15 minutes was a real tussle with a number of mistakes from both sides keeping it fairly level. The first try came to Ryan Rutherford through some great support play and an interchange of passing. The second try was scored by replacement Archie Lamont and the third by Harry McDougal and we went to the break 15-nil up.
The second half saw us gain some rhythm in our attack and put on another four tries. These tries came off the back of hard work in the middle from Alex Brown, James Kildey, Franco Harding and Oscar Houghton. Our defence held up well after we put ourselves under quite a lot of pressure through silly penalties and mistakes. As the boys said it was a great starting point for the season but there is plenty of room for improvement.
Tries: Jack Weekes 2, Harry McDougal 2, Ryan Rutherford, Archie Lamont, Alex Brown.
Goals: Fletcher Doyle 2)
Points: 3points: Alex Brown; 2points: Pat Hickman, Fletcher Doyle; 1point: Archie Hailing, Jack Weekes, Jacob Hasen.
KWS 15A v The Armidale School
Result: KWS won 49-0
Report: The 15A started the season positively with a good win over TAS. The team was challenged to adopted a new attack structure and in the first half they executed it very well. 32 points were scored in the first half including a hat trick to Angus Staniforth. The team shifted the ball around and scored some impressive tries out wide and through some incredible offloads and support play. James Fergusen scored a try with his first touch of the ball for KWS and he also finished the game with 3 tries. The second half saw fatigue set in and KWS lost their momentum. They still put in a strong performance but the pace in the game had dropped off. Doug Philipson steered the team around the field exceptionally well and he provided fantastic service to all runners. Charlie Bird provided excellent go forward and he made several line breaks that led to tries.
Tries: 3 Angus Staniforth, 3 James Ferguson, Arnie Tancred, Doug Philipson, Nic Brown
Conversions: Angus Staniforth 2/7 James Thompson 0/1
Points: 3 Doug Philipson, 2 James Ferguson, 1 Charlie Bird
Players Player: James Ferguson
Mr Anthony Begg