Colts Strong Showing Against Easts NRMA NSW Country Cockatoo Colts put on a very competitive display of fast running Rugby on Saturday evening against Eastern Suburbs Colts at Woollahra Oval.
The match was played after the Sydney Shute Shield First Grade match and a large crowd was on hand to see the boys from the bush take on the city team.
From the whistle the Cockatoo Colts bustled the Easts side with vigorous defence and smart structural play, with the scrum and lineout in particular being dominated by the Cockatoo Colts.
In the 10th minute halfback Jack King showed great vision to take the play up the short side from inside his own half before drawing the winger and sending full back Daniel Sweeney racing away for a try. Then in the 15th minute centre Alex Pay placed an accurate kick wide onto the chest of winger Reuben Thompson who sprinted towards the line and set up Will Frost for a try to go out to a 10 – 0 lead.
In the 23rd minute the Easts fullback showed individual brilliance with a kick return to beat three defenders straight up the middle and score a converted try under the posts to close the score to three.
The ensuing restart saw centre Will Frost injured in a tackle and drop out of the defensive line while he received treatment. Easts capitalised and focussed their attack to that position on the field before sheer weight of numbers allowed them to cross for a converted try to see them take the lead 14 – 10.
The Cockatoo Colts responded immediately and mounted significant pressure right on the Easts line before Daniel Sweeney crossed for his second try, which he duly converted to see the Cockatoo Colts lead 17-14 at the half time break.
The second half wasn’t kind to the Cockatoo Colts who lost their structure and found it difficult to get any continuity of possession.
Easts really stepped up their intensity and the Colts continually found themselves defending inside their own 22 area, with the sustained pressure finally taking its toll which saw Easts cross for tries in the 46th, 58th and 71st minutes to take the match away from the Cockatoo Colts.
The final score was 31-17 (five tries to three) in favour of Easts.
Cockatoos Coach Matt Thomas was full of praise for his team following the match and said “To put that level of Rugby on display against one of the best teams in Sydney after only two hours training together is fantastic”.
He went on to say “We can now build on this and with a couple of players coming back from injury we will be in a good position for our next match”.
NRMA NSW Country Cockatoo Colts will play their last match of their 2015 program on Sunday 21st June in Sydney against the NSW Waratahs Gen Blue Development team.
Eastern Suburbs 31
5 Tries & 3 Conversions
NRMA Country Cockatoo Colts 17
Daniel Sweeney 2 & Will Frost Tries
Daniel Sweeney Conversion