KWS 1st XV Vs TKS Lost 55-12
In our first game of the season the KWS 1st XV took on the might of The Kings School 1st XV on the White Oval at Parramatta. The game started well for both teams in what was going to be a fast and physical encounter. TKS capitalised on an early mistake and ran 50 meters to score the first try of the game.
As the game progressed it was evident that the TKS December Tour to the UK had laid a strong foundation. The KWS boys never gave up and whilst their attacking style of play was admirable we learnt that there are times when field position is crucial.
Strong performances from Aidan Kelso, Fletcher Rose and Jock Medway meant that we were able to at times match it with the big TKS pack and some courageous counter attack from Preston Simpson showed encouraging signs for the future.
Tries: Aidan Kelso, Rhys Draper
Conversion: Rhys Draper
3 points: Aidan Kelso
2 points: Preston Simpson
1 point: Fletcher Rose, Jock Medway
KWS 1st XV Vs TAS Won 41-10
The Coonabarabran Cup played against TAS has become a highlight each season, and this year was no different. It was evident that the KWS 1st XV wanted to stamp their superiority early in the fixture. Hard running, crisp passing and fast line speed in defence put TAS under the pump. Thomas Jackson opened the scoring by ripping the ball from TAS’ possession, running 40 metres and dotting down under the uprights, Rhys Draper added the extras and the game continued in a similar vein for the rest of the first half.
The second half was a little more disjointed and frustrations started to appear as we tried hard to manage the breakdown. Donny Freeman was welcomed back into 1st grade and he went about his business causing havoc at the tackle contest. Aidan Kelso again affirmed his ball running skills and the backline were slick, to say the least. Sam Ridley had a stellar game at inside centre and the backs relished some early ball and wide open spaces. Counter attack and some well worked starter moves keep the coaches happy and the scoreboard ticking over.
We look forward to continuing this form as we prepare for the game against Knox at Wahroonga.
Tries: Thomas Jackson 2, Charlie Wilson, Rhys Draper, Sam Ridley, Donny Freeman, Ellis Hawker
Conversions: Rhys Draper 3
3 points: Donny Freeman
2 points: Sam Ridley
1 point: Aidan Kelso, Preston Simpson, Ellis Hawker
KWS 2nd XV Vs TAS 2nd XV Won 61-0
The KWS 2nd XV displayed the benefits of attending the 4 day holiday rugby camp through a dominating display against TAS. KWS were far too skilled for the opposition scoring at will in an entertaining display of running rugby. Outstanding support play allowed KWS to continually break through the TAS defensive line with offloads and pop passes from the ground helping to avoid the breakdown. Harry Jeffrey, James Commins and Lachlan Herbert each scored 2 tries. Other tries went to Jack O’Brien, Tim Mutton, Mitch Strike, Brett Johnson and Nick Hay-McKenzie. Mitch Strike added 3 conversions. All players performed well but the best on field was Lachlan Herbert (3 points) who was outstanding at fullback, regularly injecting himself at speed into the backline creating breaks. Fraser Robinson (2 points) created a number of tries and line breaks by drawing defenders before offloading to players hitting gaps. Brett Johnson (1 point) started the season well with great hands providing width in attack from 10.
KWS 2nd XV Vs Knox 4th XV Won 41-0
The KWS 2nd XV started slowly against Knox with the wet conditions and poor passing leading to numerous handling errors and a frustrating lack of continuity for the first 15 minutes. With rain the stopping and more sympathetic passing KWS began to turn physical dominance into points late in the first half. Huge hits from Nik Booth and then Hamish Kidd sparked KWS into action which resulted in Hamish McDougall scoring in the corner. Lachlan Herbert chimed into the backline and then re-gathered his own kick before linking with Will Smith who scored under the posts. This was followed up with an amazing scorpion kick by Jack O’Brien who then made a break 2 phases later before finding a flying Will Smith who scored his second try within 4 minutes. This had KWS leading 17-0 at half time. The second half saw the entertaining play continue with Nick Hay-McKenzie skirting the sideline, fending off 3 defenders before scoring in the corner. Hamish Kidd then ran directly through the middle of the Knox defence to score under the posts. Brett Johnson scored after a Harry Jeffrey break through the forward pack before Henry Carter put the icing on the cake with a 75m solo try. Lachlan Herbert kicked 2 conversions and Mitch Strike 1 to have the final score 41-0. Best players were Jack O’Brien (3 points), Tim Mutton (2 points) and Will Smith (1 point).
KWS 13As Vs Knox Grammar Bs Won 28-5
An energetic 13As side travelled to Bathurst bursting with anticipation after a strong showing against TAS last weekend in Coonabarabran. The opening exchanges saw both sides have chances to score with KWS making the most of their opportunities. Will Pearce and Carter dived over for a try each, coming on the back of some solid defence. The 12-0 lead was handy for KWS, with the Sydney siders coming out hard in the 2nd half. There was an improvement in ball control at the ruck, which helped for continuity. Timely clean outs at the ruck will continue to be an area for improvement.
The 2nd stanza saw Knox lift and there was great tackling from both sides. Will Deshon and Carter Kirby scored, with Knox crossing over as well. The final score of 28-5 reflected the dominance of the country boys, who continue to show steady improvement. Icing on the cake was the 4 conversions from Will Fuller, Luke Dominello and Carter Kirby. Well done boys.
KWS 13As Vs Stannies Won 41-0
After the first long rugby trip of the season, the young 2-blues looked pumped and ready to take on a team they have been training in anticipation for over 6 weeks.
Solid games against Orange City and Orange Emus had prepped the boys for a good test of their capabilities.
It was far from the perfect start and the KWS team put pressure on themselves with lazy efforts at the ruck and some sloppy ball control, which saw a lot of turnovers. Some determined running and better ball control saw some pick and go make space for the backs towards the middle of the half, Lochie, Ned and Harry all got stuck in. The speedy guys in the backs, spun the ball wide when they could to show some skilful glimpses of their abilities. Tries to Will Deshon and Luke Dominello, were just rewards for KWS dominance in the 1st stanza. Bailey did well in organising his pack, while Mack, Harry and Will Fuller all did great jobs out wide.
KWS came out blazing in the 2nd half with some great pick and drive again and excellent support play. Jock, Will Pearce and Charlie all doing well.
Hugh, Carter and Dudley leading the way with some solid defence-all players in fact, making great tackles at various stages.
In the forwards, all the boys got better at working hard at the breakdown, to lay a solid platform for the backs to attack
KWS looked good with the ball in hand and will be looking forward to the tough game this weekend of meeting Knox Grammar
Tries: 2 each to Luke Dominello and Carter Kirby. 1 each to Dudley Shepherd, Will Deshon and Hugh Aldersey.
2 conversions to Bailey Barrett, 1 to Carter Kirby.
KWS 14As Vs KGS Won 43-5
Due to other commitments and loss of players to boys moving up and helping the 15B’s out, there was a lot change to the team this week, making for a really good contest and resulting in a convincing performance from everyone involved. Firstly, the attitude from the players was incredible throughout the day, thoroughly enjoyed their enthusiasm and ability to respond to the game, capitalizing whenever we gained possession of the ball. Jono Rasmussen (MOTM) took charge of the game at half back, transitioning from defense to attack and putting us on the front foot at every opportunity. Individual breaks from Archie Haling, Nick Lynn and Josh Sutherland throughout the game allowed us to consistently exploit gaps in their backline and support from the rest of the team meant the scoreboard kept ticking over. Factors brought into training on both Tuesday and Thursday were demonstrated effectively within the game, really encouraging for us as coaching staff to see the boys taking on board the sessions. Looking forward to this week’s training and the next test on Saturday against Riverview.
KWS 16As Vs TAS Won 60-0
The first 12 minutes was a real grind then the boys found their rhythm and put on an attacking tirade. Lachie Donnelly scored the first 2 tries through a great interchange of passing and support play. The efforts and organisation of Hugh Aldersley, Will Luelf and Alex Brien helped the lads pile on another 4 tries in the first half.
The second stanza saw another 4 tries scored and all but one come from great team support play, the other one came from an amazing individual effort from Liam Choi. The tries were scored because all players completed their roles in the middle – Digby Cooper, Ed Taylor and Lachie Smith and then on the edges players like Codie Kelso and Lew Connick did the roles.
KWS 60: (Lachie Donnelly (2), Liam Choi (2), Cody Kelso (2), Ed Taylor, Digby Cooper, Alex Brien, Nic Rasmussen. Goals: Cody Kelso 1, Lachie Donnelly 4)
3 points: Lachie Donnelly
2 points: Hugh Aldersley, Alex Brien
1 point: Liam Choi, Codie Kelso, Lachie Smith
KWS 16As Vs Knox Won 31-5
The first half we defended for at least 90% of the time, this was mainly due to our own silly errors. Our defence was outstanding and kept them to zero, there was some massive hits from out front three Lachie Smith, Harry May and Digby Cooper. Ed Taylor and Tom Richardson led the line speed from the middle. We had to opportunities to score in the first half from broken play and took them both with Alex Brien scoring from running a good line and Will Waddel sneaking over from the back of the ruck after all the hard work had been done.
When the second half came around we showed good patients before Cody Kelso went over for a 5 pointer. There was great clean out skills showed by Lew Connick which saved us a few times from the opposition stealing our ball. The last 2 tries were scored by “the finisher” after great lead up work in tight by the team, they found Liam Choi in space and he put his own touch on them to score.
KWS 31: (Liam Choi (2), Alex Brien, Cody Kelso, Will Waddell tries. Alex Brien (2), Lachie Donnelly goals)
3points: Lachie Smith
2points: Harry May, Digby Cooper
1point: Will Luelf, Lachie Donnelly, Lew Connick, Ed Taylor
KWS 16Cs Vs Knox Lost 71-0
KWS kicked off the game in overcast conditions, the kick off was claimed by Knox just outside their 22 and they managed to break through the attempted tackles only to be halted by a great covering tackle from second row Luke Limbers who was a standout player for the C’s. Despite the attempt to reorganise the defensive line Knox found an overlap and went over in the corner, 5-0 with the conversion missed. Knox scored a try around the breakdown to make it 17-0. The score at halftime 34-0. The second half was much of the same from Knox although KWS put up a good fight with the forwards lineout working well. The defence improved dramatically in the second half although the final score read 71-0. The score did not reflect the boy’s effort in a tough game!