KWS 13A v The Kings School 13B
Final score: KWS won 19-15
Report: In a tough match, the 13As rugby fought hard to a 19-15 victory over the Kings 13Bs. The match was a free flowing affair with both teams capitalising on mistakes and the play switching from one end to the other at regular intervals. Rob Burke had a cracking match making several breaks which led to tries while the usual forwards smashed the ball up with much athleticism. Well done to Harry Hazelton, Abra Wilson and Angus Ervin for their performance.
KWS U13B v The Kings School U13D
Final score: KWS lost 24-22
Report: After a satisfactory display against TAS, the U13B`s were eager to exhibit their ability on the field against Kings, following a hard week of training with many new skills being adapted into their gameplay. Kings would soon prove to be a hard match up, however this did not discourage them, but proved to be a source of motivation which drove the boys to playing till the very end.
KWS immediately demonstrated their confidence and skill by opening the scoring with some good and true running from the backline, only a few minutes had passed since the opening try and KWS was once again under the posts proving to be in great form. However, their lead was not to last as Kings quickly responded with some well constructed plays, allowing them to breach KWS's defensive lines leading to two tires being scored in quick succession.
KWS trailed for the rest of the game, however scoring regularly throughout the game to keep the pressure on the leaders. Kings scored a late minute try which had seemed to seal the victory but the boys were determined to the play the game out until the final whistle, with a quick restart they were able to turn over possession and capitalize on Kings scrambled defense as Kings believed that the game was sure and truly over, with some determination and true heart KWS were able to break the Kings`s defensive line within the final play, leaving it to the conversion to draw the game, unfortunately the conversion was not successful leaving the scores at 24-22 to Kings. Although the boys were disappointed with the end result, they showed true heart and determination and represented KWS very highly that game.
KWS U13B v Riverview U13D
Final score: KWS lost 49-7
Report: The U13Bs were motivated more than ever, after coming off a narrow defeat to Kings, which allowed them to see a glimpse of what is achievable when you work hard and give it your all. The boys were representing their ability to the play the game at a good level at the practices the week before the match, but also their ability to adapt and improve on their game.
The game in a whole was mostly played within the centre of the field, representing a massive improvement within the B`s defensive structures as they were able to keep Riverview at bay. This did not last though as Riverview were able to break the defensive not due to poor defensive structure, but because of a large amount of missed tackles.
Riverview quickly put a large amount of points on the board in the first half, due to this many supporters believed the second half was going to be much like the first. However, the boys rose to the occasion within the second half and played like a completely different side.
Riverview had sealed a victory as the game was coming into its last few minutes, however the boys were determined to put points on the scoreboard and fought valiantly within the last play to score a very well worked team try. Although they did not win the game, there were a lot of positives to take from it, including large amounts of improvement in both lineouts and defensive structures. The boys can be very proud in their efforts and there improvements and I look forward to seeing their improvement within the next game, against Newington.
KWS U14A v The Kings School U14B
Final score: KWS won 24-7
Report: Following on from a hearty display by the 14B’s the 14A’s were brewing with confidence heading into their clash with Kings B. This match up certainly proved to be a challenging encounter that made KWS work hard for the full 50 Minutes.
Kings demonstrated their quality from the outset running the ball hard and managing the early physical battle with the KWS forward pack. Outstanding early tackles from Carter Kirby and Hugh Thompson set the tone for a cracking contest. Kings were first to seize a scoring opportunity after kicking through to the backfield finding empty space behind the Kinross defensive line. Their powerful outside backs finishing a great opening score for the hosts to take the lead 7-0.
The game continued at a good pace with both KWS and Kings finding good opportunities to go-forward. Luke Dominello, Archie Dowling, Harry Maslin and Jock Lichfield all setting physical challenges for Kings to combat. This pressure soon paid off leaving some space for five-eighth Hugh Thompson to step his way to the corner around the outside of the Kings defence. KWS levelled the scores with a sublime touchline kick from Will Fuller.
This score really gave KWS confidence in attack. Wave after wave of tough individual carries kept challenging the Kings defence with Harry Priest controlling the tempo and Will Chamberlain, Harry Nuthall and Will Pearce all contributing a massive effort. The ball soon found itself in the hands of Carter Kirby who broke through several tackles to race in from 60 meters, his biggest challenge came in putting the ball down cleanly. After some deliberation the referee awarded the try.
The U14’s re blessed with some very dangerous and physical runners and in a similar fashion to the B’s the 14A’s relied heavily on the long-range individual exploits of Will Deshon and Will Chamberlain in scoring their next two tries after half-time. These scores both came after KWS’s hard work and speed of play including some great work from Harry Priest, Bailey Barrett and Hugh Thompson to move the ball quickly into space. Another excellent conversion from Will Fuller took KWS’s lead out to 24-7 with a quarter of the game to play. While KWS looked unlikely to concede too many points, Kings certainly stepped up their intensity and capitalised on a sliced clearance kick to build pressure and score under the posts and then score another shortly after with some well-executed team play. This set up a tight finish to the game with KWS leading 24-17. Even on the last play of the game Kings threw everything at KWS in search of a try to draw level but a big defensive effort saw Kings taken into touch for an excellent result for KWS U14’s.
KWS U14A v Riverview U14B
Final score: KWS lost 34-0
Report: Buoyed by the try-scoring efforts of the B’s and their strong encounter versus Kings, the KWS 14A’s took to the field in the 1pm Sydney heat against a strong and physical Riverview B’s. The home side took no time to add their first mark on the scoreboard. Their dangerous centre pairing breaking the kinross line after just 3 minutes to score. Resilience was going to be the key to the day for KWS conceding a second try two minutes later taking the score to 12-0. With Riverview looking dangerous the KWS boys really stepped up to defend strongly. Territory was not in Kinross’ favour but with the home team’s carries being met with big collisions KWS tackle count was growing quickly. Luke Dominello, Hugh Thompson, Brad Kidley, Will Deshon and Will Pearce all making key contributions in the team’s gritty resistance.
Opportunities to win the ball back were fleeting, as Riverview’s defence was as strong as their attack but the persistence of KWS to keep fighting for the ball gave them some rewards towards the end of the 1st half. Kinross found it tough to break though the line with ball in hand, but not for lack of trying. Outside backs Harry Bylsma, Tom Storer and Jock Litchfield with the best of the opportunities to go forward but even then the frantic defence made it very tricky to convert this pressure into points.
It would be at least 20 minutes before SIC were able to breach the kinross defence again at 17-0. The fatigue of defending for so long began to show with Riverview able to find more holes to break through. Despite the introduction of Dudley Shepherd and Jake Hail giving KWS some renewed optimism in the second half, the physicality was taking it’s toll with prop Ned Jones and number eight Will Deshon picking up injuries. After some great interplay Riverview’s dynamic centre shot through to swan dive into the corner to round off a tough day at the office with the home side running out 34-0 winners. Although one sided Kinross boys have plenty to be proud of, especially in their discipline, tenacity and teamwork. Next up we face a powerful Newington side in our first home game at KWS.
KWS U14B v Kings U14D
Report: After moments of strong showing last week versus TAS, the U14B’s were intent on finding more consistency against a powerful Kings 14D side. The opening exchanges were even but scrappy, with KWS struggling to stop Kings from stealing the ball at the breakdown. Despite some physical early carries from Kelvin Tang, Hugo Jansen, Ethan Shaw and captain Tom Patton, Kings were able to use their ball-winning prowess to their advantage scoring two early tries taking the score to 12-0.
However a sustained period of KWS continuity and pressure in the Kings 22 enabled new player Jackson Wilkin to cross the line for KWS’s first try.
This seemed to only inspire the Kings side as they continued to steal possession and extend their lead with two more scores. Even with the score at 24-5 KWS kept working hard, strong individual performances making a competitive game but a lack of cohesion ultimately stifling their opportunities to hit back on the score board.
Half-time bought fresh opportunities to change players and positions with real impact. Recent returnee to rugby Will Kerr bringing his energy to half-back and with the hard running of Dudley Shepherd and Harry Bylsma KWS started to edge back into the game. This go-forward eventually saw powerhouse and all-round entertainer Kelvin Tang crash over to start KWS’s second-half resurgence. With spirits lifted, two more long-range efforts from fast and physical forwards Tom Patton and Jack Chamberlain and conversion from now full-back Bailey Barrett rounded off a remarkable comeback to trail Kings 24-22 with a minute to spare. This remarkable display of grit and persistence ultimately fell just short with Kings scoring a well constructed final try on the bell.
The boys returned to Orange proud and cheerful after a great learning experience and a really enjoyable day in Parramatta.
KWS U14B v Riverview U14D
Final score: KWS lost 52-17
Report: Last weeks fighting performance versus Kings really seemed to raise the ambition of the 14B’s in their clash with St Ignatius’ Riverview. Considering the travel sickness that hit several players en route to Lane Cove KWS showed no signs of fatigue in the early exchanges with SIC. Strong early carries and an improved level of teamwork were setting the tone for the day. It only took 5 minutes for Jack Chamberlain to power through to score KWS’s opening try, ably converted by Dudley Shepherd. Zac Annett continued to add pressure and demonstrating real intent with an exciting side-stepping run through the middle of Riverview’s defence being pulled down just short of the line. It wasn’t long before U14’s danger man Kelvin Tang added to the score with the first of his three tries. A wonderful solo effort breaking through three tackles inside his own half to race away under the posts.
By now KWS were looking more and more dangerous with everyone feeling confident to attack, line breaks coming from Harry Maslin and long-range try scorer Tom Storer. Zac Annett decided to go one better than his earlier break when he stepped through several attempted tackles to score his first try of the season, with Dudley’s conversion taking the score to 26-0.
Riverview started their own fightback with a well-constructed score, challenging the Kinross defence with phase after phase of attack. With the opposition building their confidence there was renewed purpose in the Kinross attack. Kelvin Tang’s unstoppable running bringing his second long range try of the day first starting with the ball in his own 22.
Half-time bought a fresh energy to Riverview who came out of the blocks at the restart, breaking through several tackles to place pressure on the KWS line. A resilient defence saw the ball back with KWS, and more significantly in Kelvin’s hands as he bolted through a gap closely followed by Riverview defenders to complete his hat-trick. The scores would then to and fro between the two sides with the home side scoring their second try after some good attack down the right side before replacement Tom Patton broke away from his own 22, swerving and dodging the chasing defence to score. Dudley Shepherd’s excellent kicking was topped off with a runaway finish as he stepped his way to the line for Kinross’ final try in the corner. Riverview fought to the end, being rewarded for their pressure in the final minute with their third and final score closing the exciting encounter at 52-17 to KWS.
KWS 15A v The Kings School Bs
Final score: KWS won 43-12
Report: The 15As put on a strong performance against Kings with a focus on support the boys were fantastic. The team shifted the ball around the field and were able to get a number of offloads away which created several scoring opportunities. The boys were excellent at the breakdown and the contest was really heavily contested. The boys should be very proud of their effort and commitment to focus on getting the small things right.
Tries: A Staniforth 2, James Ferguson 2, D Shaw, J Rassmussen, J Smith
Conversions: A Staniforth 4/7
Points: 3 Nic Brown, 2 Doug Philipson, 1 Angus Staniforth
Players Player: Nic Brown
KWS 15A v Riverview Bs
Final score: KWS won 82-5
Report: The weekend was one of those games where the ball always bounced the way of KWS. The boys put together their most complete performance so far this year in both attack and defence. The boys stuck to their structure and moved the ball around the field incredibly well. The scrum was dominate and Nic Lyne was outstanding in his debut at prop. In such a high scoring game it is difficult to identify standout players but collectively the team gelled really well. This weekend against Newington As will be a great reality check and a test to see where the team is at.
Tries: 4 Nic Brown, 3 James Ferguson, 2 Jono Rassmussen, Charlie Bird, Harry Gutterson, Will Wilson
Conversions: James Thompson 4/8, Charlie Bird 0/2, Will Wilson 2/2
Points: 3 Jono Rassmussen, 2 Nic Brown, 1 Charlie Bird, 1 Will Wilson
Players Player: Jono Rassmussen
KWS 15Bs v Newington
Final score: KWS lost 15-5
Report: A great initial trial against Newington for the 15 B's saw a positive start to the season.
Unfortunately losing 15 - 5 with a couple of close efforts by the team to level the score.
The boys showed great communication and intensity throughout the game.
Will Wilson had an excellent game scoring the only try and nearly getting a second, I gave him 3 points. Jake Chudleigh got 2 with a great effort and Remy Niven who overcame a long trip on the bus to get 1 point. Other players who worked consistently included Sam Gee and Ziggy Jackson-Le Couteur.
Players Player went to Jake Chudleigh.
KWS 15Bs v Riverview
Final score: KWS lost 62-0
Report: A tough day on the field as the players showed stamina after backing up for some injuries in the C's game. The scoreline highlighted that the heat and injuries throughout the game made a huge effect on the outcome. A huge effort by Rodiadh MacKenzie got him 3 points and players player along with Charlie Neville, Frank Poulton and Fergus Connick taking out the other points. Fergus is to be congratulated after backing up in two games and showing great spirit.
The game ended with a scoreline of 62-0.
KWS 15C v The King’s School 15D
Final score: 48 – 7 (Eight tries, three conversions to one converted try)
Report: Having played an internal trial game the weekend prior, the 15s played their first games as both B & C teams away against The King’s School. Having seen the 15Bs go down in a close game earlier against the Newington College 15Bs the boys in the 15Cs were excited to have a competitive game against TKS 15Ds.
Early into the first half the team showed continuity with the forwards and backs working together to create opportunities from both ends of the field. Jock Stephenson (Half Back) combined well with Saxon Buckley (First Five Eight) to give the backs good attacking opportunities. Ultimately it was a day for the forwards, with tries coming from line breaks, set pieces and broken play. Highlights included Max Day’s full length of the field try and a tight defence that pushed the opposition back and provided them few attacking opportunities. For the next week against SIC Riverview the team will be focusing on better discipline during play and clearer communication during attack and defensive set play.
Try scorers: Peter Quirk, Max Day (2), Fergus Connick, Bryce Commins (2), Riley Hall, Rodaidh MacKenzie
Conversions: Digby Williams (3)
Points: 3 Points: May Day | 2 Points: Bryce Commins | 1 Point: Digby Williams
KWS 15C v St Ignatius Riverview 15E
Final score: 7 – 27 (One converted try to five tries, one conversion)
Report: With a number of students away with Central West Rugby, the boys in the Bs and Cs had a tough weekend, with many playing in more than just one game. This meant that those who had been away were able to have plenty of game time, but in the warm conditions in Sydney the boys found themselves quickly drained and tired. It was as much a mental challenge as it was physical, and despite having little territory and possession early on in the game, the 15Cs really kicked on in the second part of the first half scoring a try and evening the contest. They should be commended for their effort and for showing resilience in the tough times. We lost our way a little bit in the second half which allowed SIC to score and take the result out of doubt. A big thank you to all of those boys who starred in more than one game, and for having a crack despite the humidity and heat.
Try scorer: Sterling Graham
Conversion: Digby Williams
Points: 3 Points: Sterling Graham | 2 Points: James Longley | 1 Point: James Glasson
KWS 16A v The Kings School (11 May)
Final score: KWS lost 13-12
Report: We worked hard on our defence during the week and this paid off with some strong tackles. After we kept Kings out on numerous occasions they decided to take the 3 after a run of penalties were given away. We lost Pat to another knee injury after he made a long run. The 1st try come because of the awesome scrum working together and we won it against the feed, Fletcher jinked through a hole and scored. We went to break 5 to 3 up.
After the break we made numerous mistakes and gave away a number of penalties the final penalty count being 20-6 against. Even with this we managed to score next through a lovely pick up from Fletcher who ran 60 meters to score. Our middle players of Alex Brown, James Kildey, Archie Lamont and Oscar Harding all played well while the edge players added their supported. Kings only try come from an intercept against the run of play. The last penalty, Kings decided to take another shot for goal which initially missed, but because we charged which we can’t do they got a re-kick and nailed it. It is important to learn from our mistakes and move forward with confidence.
Tries: Fletcher Doyle 2, Goal: Brad O’Brien
Points: 3 points: Fletcher Doyle | 2 points: Alex Brown, James Kildey | 1 point: Brad O’Brien, Jack Weeks, Oscar Harding.
KWS 16A v SIC 16B (18 May)
Final score: 15-15 Draw
Report: A great defence in the first half set up a 10-nil lead at half time, it was good to see some good communication and will to have each other’s back when defending. Our inexperienced front row and pack punished SIC in the scrums which culminated in SIC going to uncontested scrums. Pat Hickman scored the first try off that resulted after a reorganisation of space and some silky hands. The second try come off a similar movement that resulted in Oscar Harding grabbing the meat pie.
James Kildey continues to impress with some strong carries and his bone jarring defence. We had a few lapses in the second half and lost our way at times which resulted in SIC scoring 3 tries. The boys hit back with a great try to Archie Hailing after a chip kick from Fletcher Doyle and a regather from Jacob Hansen and then an offload. A big thank you to the B’s who travelled to Sydney and gave their all in very humid conditions.
The boys continue to improve and with some work in certain areas the season is shaping as a good one.
Tries: Pat Hickman, Oscar Harding, Archie Hailing
Points: 2 points: James Kildey, Jack Weeks, Oscar Harding | 1 point: Charlie Fielding, Archie Lamont, Fletcher Doyle, Will Maslin, Archie Hailing.
KWS 16B v Kings
Final score: KWS lost 24-5
Report: The Mighty 16B’s travelled to Kings. Playing into a strong wind in the first half, the lads found themselves camped in their own 22 metre line. The defence was heroic, but eventually Kings scored. Throughout the match, the boys confronted challenges, such as difficult conditions for lineouts, demonstrating excellent problem-solving skills. The boys kept up their effort for the entire match, scoring a try at the death to make the final score Kings 24 and Kinross Wolaroi 5. After the match, the boys identified the need to be more organised in attack, so players aren’t isolated with the ball.
KWS 4th XV v TKS 8th (11 May)
Final score: KWS lost 21-65
Report: The KWS 4th grade side travelled down to The Kings School to take on the Kings 8th grade. The Kings team were well drilled and had a substantial size advantage over our brave 4ths. An early red card saw KWS play most of the match with 14 men, which was followed by a yellow card at the midway point of the first half. When playing two men down, it is crucial that we make our first up tackles. Kings were able to send their big forwards running through our defensive line and despite excellent cover defence by our wings and fullback, we were facing a huge halftime deficit, behind by 55-7.
The second half saw a huge improvement in our overall play, with our forwards gradually gaining the advantage in general play and our backs being able to get the ball in their hands. Our defence stiffened up and we bravely defended our line with The Kings School on the attack, KWS was able to win the second half 14-10 and start to build some great momentum to take forward in the coming weeks.
Standout players for the match were Harry Cummins, who made many bone-crunching tackles and saved at least 3 tries from being scored. Harry also showed great strength, determination and elusiveness with some key runs in the second half. Dom Wu on the other wing defended incredibly well. The forwards were led by Lachlan Roberts who didn’t give in at any point in the game, and Harry Kermode who was outstanding in both attack and defence.
Tries: Lachlan Roberts, Tom Gill, Tom Tudor.
Points: 3 Points - Harry Cummins | 2 Points - Dom Wu | 1 Point - Lachlan Roberts, Harry Kermode
KWS 4th XV v SIC 8th XV (18 May)
Final score: KWS lost 17-49
Report: The final leg of our opening away games saw the 4th XV travel down to a hot a humid St Ignatius College Riverview to face the SIC 8th XV. Our boys had trained exceptionally well during the week and were keen to show their improvement on the field. The score does not reflect how close this game actually was. There were at least three genuine scoring opportunities lost with dropped balls over or at the try line. The team should be proud of their efforts and committing to finishing the game strong. A focus on communication and alignment in defence would have seen this game go down to the wire, with a KWS win a very real possibility.
We have a very deep bench in 4th grade, which helped with the hot and humid conditions down in Sydney, allowing us to make frequent changes in the second half. The passion to play was evident amongst our teams, as we had halfbacks, centres and fullbacks putting their hand up to have a run in the forwards, giving some of our tight five the opportunity to catch a breather. I know it is tough when you are looking at playing a half game at best, but I want to thank the squad for their efforts in ensuring everyone gets close to equal game time and I appreciate your understanding as move players in and out.
Standout players for KWS included Sam Hope, who did his best Owen Finnegan impression, getting through a mountain of work in the middle of the field. Angus Smith tackled himself to a standstill in the middle of the backline. Charlie Coddington had limited opportunities but showed his blistering speed in scoring one of the best individual tries ever seen on the Riverview 1B oval. Nick Kierle showed some great passing and direction, having found his home at halfback – despite a controversy brewing with Lachlan Roberts also looking the goods in his time at halfback. Hamish Napier ensured our lineout was dominant and his defence in general play was outstanding, once again.
Tries: Harry Cummins, Charlie Coddington, Dom Reilly; Goal – Tom Gill
Points: 3. Sam Hope | 2. Angus Smith | 1. Charlie Coddington
KWS 3rd XV v St Ignatius 6th XV
After a solid week of training the 3rd XV were primed for a good performance against St Ignatius 6th XV. We started the game with reasonable field position and attacking their line. However, a loose ball that wasn’t cleaned up followed by a penalty gave away good field position and gifted them a try. For a 7-0 halftime lead.
It was a tough physical encounter and KWS struggled to gain any momentum and pushed the pass too often and gift possession and field position to our opposition. We were unable to capitalise on their 2 yellow cards and they were able to score to score 2 more 2nd half tries to win the match 19-0.
We have some work to do!
Points: 3 points Will Harborne | 2 points Fletcher Webber | 1 point James Dennis
KWS 2nd XV v TKS
Final score: KWS lost 31-5
Report: In a tough game KWS went down to TKS. Ball security and defence are areas for improvement as the year progresses.
Points: 3 pts Lew Connick | 2 pts Will Luelf | 1 pt Hamish McDoudgall
KWS 2nd XV v Riverview
Final score: KWS lost 21-12
With a very good start after the long trip, the 2ndXV converted a great lineout win to roll down the left side of the field for Felix to dive over.
Previous to this Alex Brien found some space & also scored. At 12-0 up, the side was going very well.
SIC dug deep in the 2nd half as KWS pressed their line, certain to score, but fate allowed a speedy break by SIC for a 14 pt turn around.
The KWS boys tackled themselves to a standstill, with very little ball & no territory.
Tough to lose, but the 2nd XV can take a lot of heart and wisdom into the remainder of their games.
Points: 3pts Will Leulf | 2pts Hugh Aldersley | 1pt Tom Richardson, Ollie Hoskins.
KWS 1st XV v SIC 1st XV (18th May 2019)
Final score: SIC 32 - KWS10
Report: The KWS travelled to Sydney to take on GPS heavy weights St Ignatius Riverview. This was the third week on the road for the team and they were ready for the challenge. The game started well with Sam Ridley challenging the defensive line and busted through to offload to a rampaging Cody Kelso to score under the posts. William Smith was fantastic in the mid field with plenty of “hit ups” and the occasional off load to Digby Cooper. SIC were very skilled at transferring the ball and scored three quick tries to end the first half at SIC 19 and KWS 5.
The second half was played in a similar fashion to the first with some great defence by Nick Hay-McKenzie, Hugh McIntyre, Ed Taylor, Harry May and Josh Dominello. Preston Simpson was electric and proved difficult to contain as did James Wilson. The KWS forwards were impressive with their “pick and go” and made many valuable metres to finally score with Cody Kelso. Ben Bellamy worked hard at Number 8 as did Charlie Wilson and Lachie Donnelley in the centres. The KWS men displayed great fitness and have developed their breakdown skills over the past three weeks to finish what was a very competitive game.
Tries: Cody Kelso x2
Points: 3 William Smith, 2 Sam Ridley, 1 Preston Simpson, Ed Taylor, Josh Dominello,Hugh McIntyre.