Rugby Results – Saturday 1st April
Some great results over the weekend with the 13s, 14s and 15s all doing extremely well while the 16s and Opens fought hard. They clearly have some work to do. See results below:
Apologies to the 16Bs whose fixture was cancelled at the last minute. Well done to those boys who stood by and went on for the 16As.
Rugby Holiday Clinic – PLEASE REGISTER ASAP
There have been some issues with the trybooking website; however the clinic is not sold out and all players are encouraged to attend. Please see the flyer for more details and use the following link to secure your spot: https://www.trybooking.com/266191
1st XV Trial vs Redfield COllege
Thursday 20th April – 12:30pm kick off at Oxford Falls
SPX Senior Rugby Fixtures: Saturday 29th April vs St Greg's at Pittwater Rugby Park
SPX Rugby Dinner
The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer below for more details.
Rugby Registration is Still Open – PLEASE COMPLETE REGISTRATION ASAP
To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year and clinic registration all in one spot:
All students wishing to play rugby are required to be registered here to be included in a team, allowing the school rugby administrators & coaches to best prepare for the coming season, plus allow your P&F Rugby Club to best support and communicate with you!
Finally best of luck to the Under 15 players who are travelling to New Zealand on Friday 7th April. The squad of 38 will visit Auckland, Rotorua and Christchurch playing 3 matches and will involve themselves in all New Zealand has to offer.
Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor
FROM THE RUGBY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
COACHING INSIGHTS: Trials and Tribulations
Our Trials against St Aloysius College on Saturday produced some of the best rugby I’ve seen played by SPX teams over the last 4 seasons. If 'go-forward and build pressure' are the basis for successful play then our 13s, 14s and 15s had lots of it. They all played some mouth-watering support based rugby with enthusiasm and accuracy at the forefront.
The attention to detail of the basics at training is fundamental to both personal and team improvement. The time we spend on Tuesday and Thursday has to be relevant if we want continued player development and team performance improvement.
Our opens teams, although stacked with talent, failed to execute the basics consistently well and failed to build pressure on our opponents. As a result they were always chasing the scoreboard; better to lead than follow!
Trials are the shop window for our current playing status and we should see them as such, learning from each and planning our next training sessions accordingly. We can learn from our younger teams that:
- Enthusiasm is king.
- Perfect execution of basic skills is vital, especially accurate passing and tackling.
- There are over 100 tackle contests in every game so we have to understand how to approach each one and they are all different.
1. Drive into contact using low body height, long place.
2. Clean out over and beyond the ball.
3. Clean out the opposition player threats.
4. Sweep the ball away quickly.
5. Get off the ground quickly and look to support again!
6. If counter rucking, do it immediately and dynamically.
- When not involved in the immediate action use peripheral vision to look at the opposition attack and nominate your man to tackle!
- Tuesday is our final session before the break. A good opportunity to focus on team play.
New Zealand Tour
This week a squad of 38 players embark on our first ever tour to “Aotearoa”, land of the long white cloud. What a fabulous opportunity for our 15 year age-group players and coaches to not only promote the values of St Pius X College but also demonstrate our ability to play exciting support based rugby. Friendships and memories will remain with staff and players for the rest of their lives and this tour will cement the importance of rugby at St Pius X and hopefully be the forerunner for future tours and maybe the hosting of visiting touring teams. Best wishes to all, and have a great tour.
To all parents and supporters, thank you for your support. Enjoy the school break and come back refreshed in two weeks’ time.
Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer