KWS 13A v Newington College
Final score: KWS lost 58-7
Report: On the weekend we played Newington College. We didn’t win this game or play the best the score was 58 to 7. They had a very good backline and were good in the rucks. We played very well towards the end of the 1st half and at the start of the second half KWS scored off the back of a strong scrum and a well executed back play by Shep Taylor. The line outs were excellent and we didn’t lose many. For next week, we just need to improve our defence and we need to compete more in the rucks and at the tackle. Overall it was a tough loss but we learned great lessons and will come back stronger against Stannies. Harry Hazelton (C)
KWS 15A v Newington College
Final score: KWS lost 0-85
Report: The 15As got to see the top standard of the GPS competition and it was impressive to watch. The team tried their best but Newington were too strong and powerful for KWS.
Best and Fairest: 3 Charlie Bird, 2 Nic Brown, 1 Jack Smith
KWS 15A v St Stanislaus' College
Final score: KWS lost 12-54
Report: SSC were started the game with more intent then KWS which meant the 15As were down 35-0 at halftime before they new it. The second half was a different contest and KWS were far more willing and managed to string several phases together. Some maintenance of possession and an improvement in support at the breakdown saw Jack Smith and Will Wilson cross the line. The second half was 19-12 to SSC but KWS should be happy with the turnaround. The 15A will need to start the game against SAC or they will find themselves in the same situation. The focus at training leading into the game will be on securing the breakdown and defensive alignment. A real commitment to defend and make first up tackles is required to turn the season around.
Best and Fairest: 3 Jack Smith, 2 Charlie Bird, 1 Nic Brown
Players Player: Jack Smith
KWS 15C v Newington College
Final score: KWS lost 14-63
Report: Following three away games, the 15Cs played their first game at home on the Ex-Students Oval against Newington College. Newington won convincely by 63 points to 14. The 15Cs played a courageous game with several players still out with injury. The team has been different each week, however we are starting to build combinations, and the boys showed promise with moving the ball wide. They were exposed around the breakdown, not committing enough to the contests at tackles and the ruck, and also out wide as Newington 15Cs shifted the ball well and pounced in broken play. The boys will be working hard to improve their tackling and contest at breakdowns to slow the opposition down.
KWS’ two tries were scored and converted by first five eight Joshua Sutherland who made his debut for 2019 after coming back with an injury he received before the rugby season commenced.
Points: 3 points: Joshua Sutherland, 2 points: Henry Forsyth, 1 point: Dylan Tucker
KWS 15C v St Stanislaus' College 15C
Final score: KWS lost 19-53
Report: This week showed a big step up for the 15Cs as they showed improvement across all areas of the game. The attack showed moments of brilliance and finesse, while other times it was clear that we were crowding around the ball and not creating enough space to attack. The same was shown in defence where Stannies exploited our defensive line not working in unison to score the majority of their tries from their right wing. The game was close and competitive leading into the second half, where the pressure showed and Stannies kept on scoring. The final score KWS 19 - SSC 53.
Tries scored by Dylan Tucker, Digby Williams and Charlie Williams, plus two conversions to Digby Williams.
Points: 3 points: Charlie McCaskie, 2 points: Digby Williams, 1 point: Dylan Tucker, Charlie Williams
KWS 16A v Newington College
Final score: KWS lost 40-0
Report: There were patches of brilliance in the 16A’s game and there were also lapses where we leaked points that will need to be fixed this week going into Stannies. James Kildey, Oscar Harding and Harry Houghton led the defence in the forwards and got some nice steals. Archie Hailing showed how a small body can dominate the bigger bodies around him in defence and attack.
Our scrum was quite good again as was our lineout with a number of replacements being forced again through injury.
Points: 3points: Archie Hailing, 2points: James Kildey, Oscar Harding, 1point: Harry Houghton, Jacob Hansen
KWS 16A’s v St Stanislaus' College
Final score: KWS lost 36-0
Report: There were patches of brilliance and patches where we need to improve dramatically. It was 12-0 at half time and some big defence from Oscar Harding, James Kildey and Brad O’Brien helped keep Stannies at bay. The second half saw Stannies skip away with it a bit, despite big efforts from Fletcher Doyle and Archie Hailing who tried everything to get over the stripe. The Harry’s both McDougal and Houghton toiled away. KWS was defeated by Stannies 36-0.
Points: 3 points: Oscar Harding, 2 points: Archie Hailing, Fletcher Doyle, 1 point: Brad O’Brien, James Kildey.
KWS 16B’s v Newington College
Final score: KWS lost 40-10
Report: It was a tale of 2 halves for the 16b’s they didn’t start well and were over run by the bigger boys from Newington to go to the break 28-0 down. After some half time encouragement, the boys came out with some steely defence with Hugo Skene and Ryan Rutherford providing some big defensive efforts. Brodie Stain, Lachie Ferguson and Oscar Nuthall all toiled away up front and gave their all. Angus Blythe and Billy Ridley worked hard in the centres and Angus was rewarded with a try. The second stander ended at 2 tries a piece. KWS 10 (Tries Brad O’Brien, Angus Blythe) defeated by NC 40.
Points: 3 points: Angus Blythe, 2 points: Hugo Skene, Brodie Stain, 1 point: Oscar Nuthall, Lachie Fergusen, Sam Rae, Billy Ridley.
KWS 16B's v St Stanislaus' College
Final score: KWS lost 5-29
Report: The Stannies 16 B’s were excellent in attack, maintaining possession for extended periods of time and finding creative ways to utilise space - such as crossfield kicks. The Kinross 16 B’s were extremely organised in defence and many observers on the sideline noted their improvement during the season. From the match, we have identified that we need to maintain possession for longer periods and find ways to get the ball back when we’re defending, which we will work on at training.
KWS 4th XV v Newington 4th XV
Final score: KWS lost 0-40
Report: The final warm up game saw the 4th XV face their biggest test of the year so far, facing off against a top class Newington 4th XV. Newington are a very strong Sydney school and the score didn’t reflect how well our 4th XV played. Newington scored three easy tries that on any other day we may have stopped. After a disrupted warm up, we more than held our own against Newington.
We managed to hold the ball for long periods of time without reward and it was pleasing to see some of the things we have been training hard for starting to show on the field. Brendan Coffee tackled himself to a standstill and was also strong with the ball in hand. Hamish Donnelly played easily his best game of the season, bravely defending the sideline and stopping at least two scores with fantastic defence. Charlie Coddington looked dangerous in attack and Jack Toussaint showed his versatility by slotting in at fullback and centre, making one long run that was unlucky not to end up in a try.
Points: 3. Brendan Coffee, 2. Jack Toussaint, 1. Hamish Donnelly and Charlie Coddington.
KWS 4th XV v St Stanislaus' College 4th XV
Final score: KWS lost 5-50
Report: The 4th XV were excited to be opening the day’s proceedings on Main Oval against arch rivals Stannies. The 4th XV played well in patches, including a good 10 minutes to close out the first half, which gave a glimpse of the potential of this side. The game got away from us in the end, as the Stannies boys seemed to get bigger and stronger the longer the game went on. Our depth was tested this week, after carrying a large bench through the trials, we found ourselves with six regular players unavailable this week, and we lost two more to injury during the game. Those who played should be proud of their efforts, as their commitment was there until the end, despite being outgunned in the ISA opener.
Highlights came through Nick Kierle, who has settled well into the role of halfback. Nick nabbed a try and made some crucial sniping runs from the back of the ruck when our forwards needed some time. Jack Toussaint again impressed, showing his versatility in the backline, this week running as our fullback. Jack did try an old AFL style hip and shoulder tackle to save one try, and his running was a highlight in the game. James Rich tackled himself to a standstill, taking on many of the biggest Stannies forwards one on one. Tom Tudor played his best game of the season, and looks to have cemented the loose head prop position moving forward (uncontested scrums of course).
KWS 5 (Nick Kierle Try) – Stannies 50.
Points: 3 – Nick Kierle, 2 – Jack Toussaint, 1 – James Rich and Tom Tudor.
KWS 3rd XV v Newington College
Final score: Draw 19-19
Report: After a disappointing match against Riverview the 3rd XV were keen to play the rugby they knew they were capable of playing. KWS opened the scoring first after some great lead up work from the forwards that allowed the backs plenty of time and space for Mitch Reynolds to cross next to the posts. Newington scored the next 2 tries after breaking down the right hand side after quick turn over ball and ran 70 metres to score. 12-7 at half time.
The second half saw KWS make some excellent defensive reads and dominant tackles to force errors and penalties which allowed James Dennis to score. 12-12. Newington were next to score after we failed to maintain possession in our half. With only minutes left to play James Dennis scooped up a loose pass and ran 75 to score and convert to make it 19-19. This was the final score.
KWS 3rd XV v St Stanislaus' College 3rd XV
Final score: KWS won 5-0
Report: It wasn’t very hard to get the boys motivated for this game, there is no greater motivation than beating Stannies. A lot was spoken about playing for the year 12s as it is their last match up with them. As it was time to run out you could see in the boys eyes they had a point to prove. Throughout the game they played for each other which ensured their dominance over Stannies. The opposition coach yelled that our forwards were out enthusing them and he was exactly right. In every aspect of the game we were on top, ruck, line outs and we were dominant in the scrums with James Murray hooking the ball against the feed on more than one occasion. With the help of clean ball from Fletcher Taylor and great decision making from Harry Thompson ensured that we made good meters out in the backs. Despite being all over the opposition we gave away multiple penalties for offside as the boys were eager to get the line speed up which we had been working on. It wasn’t until the second half where big Ethan Rutherford crashed over the white line scoring the first and only points of the games. It took some heart for the boys to grind out the win from here as we did not have much ball or territory for the rest of the game but we dug deep and defended for each other ensuring the win in our first ISA game but more importantly a win over Stannies.
Points: 1 point: Harry Thompson, 2 points: Fletch Taylor, 3 points: Ethan Rutherford
KWS 2nd XV v Newington College 2nd XV
Final score: KWS lost 26-5 (Half time 14-5)
Report: In a tough encounter, the 2nd XV gave a very account of themselves. The first half was fairly even, with limited opportunities, with KWS staying with the GPS heavyweights. Solid defence & good ball control were in evident in the opening stanza. Will Leulf controlled play well, along with Lewis Dunshea who continues to improve each game.
The 2nd half saw a lack of possession & ball control allow Newington many more opportunities, which they converted. The forwards again worked tirelessly, but the visitors had too much ball & territorial advantage.
Try to Nic Rassmussen.
Points: 3pts Hamish McDougall, 2pts Lachie Smith, Will Leulf, 1 pt Declan Kelly, Tom Richardson, Hugh Aldersley.
KWS 2nd XV v St Stanislaus' College (1st round of the ISA)
Final score: KWS lost 24-9 (Half time 17-9)
Report: With 6 players injured or unavailable from the selected side on Tuesday, it was a credit to the players who took the field to compete as well as they did last Saturday. Defence was the order of the day, with each player making big numbers in this department. A relatively soft early try, allowed the visitors to get on the front foot. The 2 blues played their way back into the game & KWS got to oranges at 17-9 down, with a real belief that despite the penalty count & the injuries that they could win.
A big thank you to the 3rds players who all stepped in to play big minutes, despite just playing a full game minutes earlier. Ball security & the ruck will be areas for improvement going forward.
Points: 3pts Lachie Smith, 2pts Declan Kelly, 1pt Lew Connick, Rory Ellis Peck, Ollie Hoskin.
KWS 1st XV v Newington College
Report: After a number of weeks on the road travelling from Canberra, Coonabarabran to Sydney the Kinross Wolaroi 1st XV took on Newington College in some beautiful sunny Autumn Orange weather. The game started with plenty of hard running by the Newington team who were met with some outstanding defence by Josh Dominello, William Smith, Nick Hay- McKenzie and Hugh McIntyre. Cody Kelso provided some valuable meters as did Sam Ridley. The backs played some fantastic running rugby with Charlie Wilson and Preston Simpson making a number of line breaks. KWS forwards were dominant in the middle of the park and were very effective with a number of “pick and go”. It was Newington speed out wide that did the damage. Kinross struggled to match their speed. As a result, Newington scored repeated tries very quickly. It was a great trial and the score did not reflect the quality of rugby produced by the KWS men. It was a great battle to have in the led up to the ISA first completion game against St Stanislaus College.
Tries: Harry May, Charlie Wilson
Conversion: Preston Simpson
Points: 3 Harry May, 2 Nick Hay-McKenzie, 1 Hugh McIntyre, William Smith, Ben Bellamy
Kinross Wolaroi 1st XV v St Stanislaus College
Final Score: SSC 12 – KWS 8
Report: The start of the ISA season KWS took on Stannies, both teams had a rigorous trial season taking on the best schools in the CAS and GPS competitions. The John O’Niell Shield was on offer and both teams went into the game as equals. The game started well and neither team taking a backward step there was plenty aggression at the breakdown. Stannies defence was impressive as they withheld many efforts by William Smith and Digby Cooper. Alex Brien and Liam Choi looked dangerous in space and proved a handful for the Stannies defensive line. The first half ended at 0-0.
The second half saw the KWS men put together some excellent phases and continue with some fantastic defence. Ed Taylor, Harry May and Cody Kelso line speed and commitment at the tackle was outstanding. Alex Brien kicked a penalty goal from 45m to put the first point on the score board. The score line did not change until the last 10 minutes of the game where Stannies took advantage of some good field position to score, the try was converted KWS 3 SSC 7. KWS hit back not long after with a brilliant running rugby try to James Wilson. KWS had hit the lead at KWS 8 SSC 7. In the dying minutes of the game Stannies got a penalty and took a quick tap they then recycled the ball to score in the corner. Stannies were victorious on the day to secure the John O’ Neill Shield in what can only be classified as a “nail biter”.
The KWS men should be proud of their efforts and the passion in which they played the game. It was a wonderful spectacle of country schoolboy rugby which made the coaches and KWS rugby community proud.
Tries: James Wilson
Penalty: Alex Brien
Points: 3 Josh Dominello, 2 Cody Kelso, 1 William Smith, Liam Choi