Saturday’s game saw the first home double header of the season. After the joint warm up, the message was simple from Billy; “One last thing from me boys, keep it tight for the first 20”.
The first 10 minutes were tight with lots of errors, both of the game being played in the middle of the park. Old Streetonians (OS) started to increase the pressure and had more of the ball. Some defensive errors from T’s allowed OS to break through the middle to touch down under the sticks, 0-7. After this OS had their tails up and moved the ball wide nicely. T’s held out for a few phases before another another OS try out wide, which wasn’t converted, 0-12.
T’s regrouped under the posts, knowing that fixing the simple errors would allow us to get back in the game. T’s had a much better spell towards the end of the first half with some electric breaks from Jono, with Dan Jones and George making some good runs. T’s pressure led to a penalty on OS’ 22m line, Jono stepped up to slot the kick, 3-12. After some good work to close the gaps, a well worked try from OS right on half time made the gap 3-19.
Gentsy and C-Mike made it clear at half time, fix the errors in defensive errors, up the aggression and the rest will fix itself. They were right, the second half started with T’s having some good ball. In defence, T’s upped their game and OS didn’t make yards like they did in the first half.
A good tackle out wide and strong defensive organisation allowed T’s to get over the top of the ruck, with a counter ruck from C-Mike smashing them into next week. The ball got dislodged and Rob ran in 40 metres, showing good pace and strength to evade the 3 covering OS defenders, 10-19 – game on!
The rest of the game was led by each team’s defence, both teams matching each other and neither side were able to break through. A disappointing result for the Spartans, but the second half performance was strong against a good Old Streetonians side.
Final Score: 10-19
Scorers: Try – Rob Wake
Pen – Jono
Con - Jono
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