KWS First XV Vs St Patricks College (23rd June 2018)
Final Score: KWS 76- SPC 12
The Kinross Wolaroi 1st XV took on St Patricks College on the weekend in some of the finest winter weather Orange has to offer. The game started in a furious manner with both teams being very aggressive at the breakdown. The KWS men played some outstanding enterprising rugby and after some hard work Jack Jones was rewarded with a try. Shortly after this Donny Freeman crashed over after a well-executed lineout. It was now clear that the KWS men had some running rugby and plenty of tries in them. Ellis Hawker was excellent around the ruck. William Smith was outstanding in picking up any loose ball and shifting it to players outside of him which resulted in two excellent tries to Hamish Kidd and Ellis Hawker. Jock Medway had a very good game at No.8 in Aiden Kelso’s absence, he was everywhere, and he was able to grab a St Pats lineout and scamper across the line.
It was mid-way through the second half where the backs played with some width this resulted in a number of outstanding field lenght tries to Lachlan Fisher, Nick Hay-McKenzie and Preston Simpson.
It was a fantastic day of Rugby and from a coaching perspective a rewarding game to watch as a number of aspects of our training shone through in the game. It was a wonderful spectacle of KWS rugby which made the coaches and Kinross rugby community very proud.
Tries: Jack Jones 2, Donny Freeman, Ellis Hawker 3, William Smith, Hamish Kidd, Lachlan Fisher, Nick Hay-McKenzie, Jock Medway, Preston Simpson
Conversion: Rhys Draper x7, Preston Simpson x1
3 points: Preston Simpson
2 points: Donny Freeman, Jack Jones
1 point: Ellis Hawker, William Smith.
KWS 1st XV Vs St. Pius College
Final score: KWS won 73-19
After a heart breaking loss to St. Augustine’s in Round 1 of the ISA Competition the KWS 1st XV were ready to assert their authority as an ISA Heavyweight, and what better way than hosting St. Pius College at home. As the mercury struggled to make it into the positives it was evident that Winter had arrived. The KWS team skipped out to an early lead thanks to 3 quick try’s to Aidan Kelso, Fletcher Rose and Thomas Jackson. Pius caught the KWS defence napping and posted their first 5 pointer of the game with a well worked short side move off a lineout.
Preston Simpson and Donny Freeman added to the dominant first half performance as they crossed the line for respective 5 pointers. At half time the KWS juggernaut was showing no signs of slowing down. However, there were some areas for improvement.
The second half highlighted patches of brilliance, Fletcher Rose’s dominance at the kick-off was rewarded as he strode 65 metres to score one of the most impressive try’s of the season. Ellis Hawker’s running game cut the defence to shreds and Charlie Wilson’s evasive footwork earned him a double. Aidan Kelso continues to be one the most dominant number 8’s in School Boy Rugby and Thomas Jackson showed speed and strength to secure two touch downs. Rhys Draper was hitting them sweetly and finished with an impressive 8 from 10 conversions. St. Pius were down but by no means out and their effort was rewarded with a third try for the match. As the game drew to a close the KWS 1st XV confirmed that they will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the competition. Next week we host St. Pats with the hopes of another dominant performance.
Try Scorers: Aidan Kelso 2, Fletcher Rose 2, Thomas Jackson 2, Preston Simpson, Donny Freeman, Ellis Hawker, Charlie Wilson 2.
Conversion: Rhys Draper 8.
3 Points: Aidan Kelso.
2 Points: Fletcher Rose.
1 Point: Donny Freeman, Ellis Hawker.
KWS 2nd XV Vs SPC 2nd XV
Final score: KWS lost 17-20
The 2nd XV played their best rugby of the season during the first half despite having major player and positional changes late in the week and the day of the match. Unfortunately KWS couldn’t convert their territorial and possession dominance into points. However, St Pats took advantage of a misunderstanding of in-goal laws to lead 3-0 at half time. The second half saw KWS continue to be the better team with Tom Geyer and Declan Kelly both scoring early tries. The conversions were beautifully struck from out wide but both hit the post to have KWS leading 10-3. Angus Andrews made a great break from halfway before not grounding the ball safely to miss an opportunity to extend the lead. Pats then hit back with 2 converted tries due to poor tackling and a yellow card to KWS to lead 17-10 with only 5 minutes remaining. KWS lifted again to tie the game 17-17 after a Nik Booth try under the posts which was converted by Mitch Strike. Unfortunately from the kick-off St Pats were awarded a penalty which they kicked to steal the win 20-17. This was a match of missed opportunities for KWS who were the better team for 95% of the match. Best players were Nik Booth (3 points), Angus Andrews (2 points) and Tom Geyer (1 point).
KWS 2nd XV Vs SPX 2nd XV
Final score: KWS won 76-14
KWS were far too good for the St Pius 2nd XV who were struggling for numbers for the fixture only managing to get 13 players to Orange. By matching numbers to try to make an even contest both teams were down to 12 after a Pius injury only 5 minutes into the match. Playing 12 a side structure was difficult to maintain but KWS managed to score 12 entertaining tries. With constant player rotations occurring during the match all players demonstrated versatility and good sportsmanship in a dominant display.
Tries: Hamish MacDougall 3, Harry Jeffrey 2, Jack O'Brien 2, Euan McGreggor, Lachlan Steele, Will Smith, Angus Andrews, Charlie Coddington.
Conversions: Mitch Strike 7, Nick Hay-MacKenzie 1.
3 points: Will Smith.
2 points: Harry Jeffrey.
1 point: Jack O'Brien.
KWS 16As Vs SPC
Final score: KWS won 26-19
The lads started well on a fine winters day, we showed physicality and line speed that set us up to score two tries in the first half. One was scored by Cody Kelso who showed good vision and got to space before giving some don’t argues to cross the stripe. The second was scored by Hugh Aldersley who was on the end of some good hands and showed good strength to crash over. The lead up from Alex Brien in both these tries was very influential in making them happen.
The second half started as we finished the first with Fletcher Ryan showing some individual brilliance to beat several defenders and running over 50meters to score and make it 19nil. From there the boys fell asleep, forgot to tackle and decided to give away many penalties which gifted Pats the weight of possession for most the second half and saw them at 19all with 5min to play. After some deep breaths and reassessing the situation the lads gathered their thoughts and made the decision to apply some pressure with defence and we came up with a turnover. From the turnover we found some space out wide and who do you think was in the space - none other than our very own speed racer, Liam Choi who zigged and zagged and sprinted away to score under the posts.
A good confidence building win going into the holiday break, well done boys and don’t forget some fitness work while you are off.
Try scorers: Cody Kelso, Hugh Aldersley, Fletcher Ryan, Liam Choi
Goal scorers: Alex Brien (2), Lachie Donelly (1)
3 points: Fletcher Ryan
2 points: Ed Taylor
1 point: Hugh Aldersley, Logan Buckley, Liam Choi, Alex Brien, Hugh McIntyre.
KWS 16As Vs SPX
Final score: KWS lost 10-5
In a cold old tussle in Orange Pius come out red hot. Their attack was hot and their defence was hotter, the boys held with them but Harry May and Tom Richardson came off with concussion early in the match and Pius went to the break 5 nil up.
The second half was more of the same but some sustained pressure and ball retention saw Hugh McIntyre put Liam Choi down the right side for what has become his customary try. All the boys defended valiantly but on a turnover ball Pius scooted away to finish the game 10-5.
The boys are continually learning and are very close to putting together a very polished performance.
SPX 10 to KWS 5 (Liam Choi try)
3 points: Cody Kelso
2 points: Digby Cooper
1 point: Hugh Aldersley, Lew Connick, Will Waddel, Fletcher Ryan
KWS 13As Vs St Pats
On a fabulous winter’s day, KWS hosted St Pats in an intriguing game of Rugby. Tom Patton was captain for this fixture. A couple of late changes to the team saw Ned and Jack back up from a full game in the B’s, whilst Will Fuller had a go at half back.
The 1st half saw KWS dominate field position, with the visitors camped in their 22. St Pats defence was up to the task unfortunately, with no 2 Blues player able to cross the stripe. Down 12-0 at half time, the young 2 Blues still held some hope of a comeback. Will Deshon, Jack Chamberlain and Charlie Hall all had good efforts in attack and defence.
The visitors came out fired up in the 2nd stanza, with hard running and bone jarring defence. Carter, Nelson and Hugh all showed good line speed in defence, but it was hard to keep Pats out.
The end result of 31-0 was disappointing, but the boys all gave their best and continue to improve each week.
3 points: Hugh Thompson, Will Deshon
2 points: Harry Nuthall, Carter Kirby
1 point: Luke Dominello and Charlie Hall.
KWS 13As Vs St Pius
Final score: 17 All Draw
With Carter Kirby captain this week and a couple of sharp training sessions, the young 2 Blues took to the field with confidence. A new look front row and Charlie Hall at 6, meant that the combinations are still gelling, but the 1st half was very positive. At 5-all, KWS had all the possession and territory, so the visitors would have been happy to get to oranges evenly matched.
Harry Priest’s try came from good control of the ball and awareness from all players. It was great to see one of our speedsters get out in the open.
The 2nd stanza started brilliantly, with Sam Deshon splitting the defence from the restart to pass to a pacey winger, who finished the movement. Jock Litchfield’s try brought the crowd to their feet.
Some premature celebrations erupted, Pius stood their ground and came back. Some poor decisions, penalties and execution allowed them back into the game, hopefully we can learn from this game for future improvement. It must be said that the tackling from KWS was exceptional, with every man doing his job in defence and our slide working well.
Well done gents on a superb effort.
Tries: Will Deshon 2, Harry Priest 1.
Conversion: Will Fuller.
3 points: Harry Priest.
2 points: Oscar McLachlan and Nelson Shepherd.
1 point: Carter Kirby, Tom Patton and Charlie Hall.
KWS 13Bs Vs St Pats Strathfield
A tough game, with a 50-5 loss. With a lot of changes to the 13As, the Bs had a few reshuffles and a couple of players had to back straight up for the As game – thanks to Ned, Jack & Will Fuller for putting their bodies on the line in 2 games.
St Pats had a lot of bigger boys but the KWS boys defended well and never gave up. Excellent tackling by the forwards stopped many attacking raids from the visitors. KWS did very well in the 2nd half, scoring the last try of the game, which was a great way to finish up. We look forward to the Emus game today and the holidays to freshen up for the 2nd part of the comp. Oakhill, Stannies and St Gregs await.
Best on the day were: Mac Johnston, Will Pearce, Max Bloomfield, who all had great games in attack and defence.