Schools Rugby Wrap


By NSW Rugby Media

Schools Results

Grammar 1st XV and Scots 3rd XV

By David Zhang

The first GPS game of the term, the Grammar 1st XV and Scots 3rd XV played at Weigall in what proved to be some champagne rugby on a warm Saturday morning. The match was well anticipated by both sides with a great environment as students and parents from both schools turned up to show their support.

After training camps during the holidays, Grammar hoped to make use of this experience to put up a fight against the strong opposition of Scots, known for their dedication to the sport. From kick-off, the game proved to be very even as players clashed heads and the ball was played out wide in both halves, forcing both teams to produce some burly hits.

Both teams understood the need for disciple in defence, but Benji Schwartz managed to capitalise on a line break, allowing a counterattack from Andrew Blackburn who offloaded to Andrew Guest on the wing to put the first numbers of the game on the board, conversion unsuccessful.

A fired up Scots outfit responded with pure grit, applying pressure to ensure to keep themselves in the game. Barnstorming runs and tackles were displayed by all but unfortunately, a shocking injury to Ryan Gibson saw the end of the first half, 5-0 to Grammar.

With a shortened first half, both teams charged onto the field hoping to make a mark against the opposition. Attempting to gain territory, some tasteful plays from Blackburn saw Ethan Addison move play to Scots’ 22m area. However, errors by Grammar allowed Benjamin Robson to break through the Grammar defence with absolute ferocity and score a deserved try, conversion unsuccessful.

Grammar retaliated well, with Steven Parras forcing errors from his powerful hits. Scots managed to fight back and make impressive tackles against the like. Fairly even contest, both teams saw possession of the ball as the game neared its end.

In the final minutes of the game, good defence from Grammar under pressure meant the skill of Scots was contained. Another line break by Blackburn sparked hunger in the black and gold, but the game finished with energy from both sides.

A fine displays of skill and technique from both sides, the game was fairly even to create a tight and entertaining game of schoolboys rugby, 5 all full time.






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