Colts: The colts took the field in a tough opening game of the day in which physicality dominated the style of play. Blacktown scored an unconverted try to open the scoring and the Briars struggled to return the favour but eventually scored on the wing towards the close of the first half. Blacktown scored another unconverted try but Briars followed soon after with a converted try to lead 14-10. Unfortunately, Blacktown were able to capitalise of a poor restart and take back the lead moments afterwards. The final stages of the half were an intense back and forth of determined defence on either side, with our boys unable to score that final try. Our Colts went down 14-15.
2nd Grade:The match began a one crazy seesaw which saw no one trouble the scorer until Blacktown scored in the final play of the first half to lead 7-0 at halftime. The second half saw many tough exchanges of play by both sides but the Briars eventually cracked the strong Blacktown defence with a cheeky kick and chase to score under the posts and level the scores 7-7. Blacktown were able to hit back with a converted try not long later after a Briars player received a yellow card. The Briars were unphased by this set back and forced their way into Blacktown’s 22 and after several penalties against the defensive side and were able to find a gap and convert the try to level it again at 14-14. In the dying minutes of the match Blacktown gained a penalty and took a shot at goal for the 3 points. They missed but the Briars desperate attempt to run the ball from behind the posts saw a messy exchange in which Blacktown regained possession and scored in the confusion. Our 2nd Grade went down 14-19.
1st Grade: The first half of the match was disappointing for the Briars who came up against a hard running and determined Blacktown attack who comprehensively won the first half with the scores at 21-0 at half time. Blacktown also took first blood in the second half to lead 28-0. The Briars managed to gain some composure and control their game better, being rewarded with a try from a great run by the backs to get their first score of the game. Blacktown hit back with an unconverted try but the Briars were able to respond this time with another great try on the wing. The Briars ran out of luck after that and were unable to break through a rock solid Blacktown defence and conceded two more tries to finish the game 12-43 beaten by a better side.
The Briars have a bye this coming weekend and will look to regroup and refresh for two consecutive rounds at home against frontrunners Old Ignatians and Harlequins (Ladies Day), respectively.
Briars Rugby Match Reports
24/04/21 – Round 3 vs Hawkesbury Valley (Home)
Congrats to our team of the week round 3! Great games all round from a formidable and tough opponent in our friends from Hawkesbury Valley.
3rd Grade: Making their debut on Cluch TV for season 2021, 3rd grade were determined to put on a show for their fans at home. The game opened with a long period of possession for Briars which they struggled to get near the Valley try line. After 15 minutes of back and forth play between both sides Briars opened the scoring with a try under the posts. The Briars’ second try followed closely after off of one of the greatest dummy pass ever thrown. A sneaky kick and chase saw Valley hit back with the first half closing at 12-5. Valley took first points of the second half to close the gap to 12-10 but our 3rd grade finally used their possession effectively and scored 3 unanswered tries through the backline to finish the game with a 31-10 win.
2nd Grade: The 2nd fixture of the day got underway with Valley taking the first points of the match. The Briars hit back with 2 converted tries which included a great conversion from the sideline. Valley were able to respond later in the match with two tries and the Briars took a penalty to close the gap to 17-19. Valley were able to round off the tight contest with a converted try late in the match to take the win 17-26.
1st Grade: Briars and Valley traded early penalty goals to keep the score at 3-3 for most of the first half. It was a tight contest with both teams throwing everything at each other for little reward except a few visits to each others’ 22s. Valley took the first try of the game to close the first half 3-8. The second half started poorly for the Briars with Valley scoring within 30 seconds from the kick off to lead 3-15. The Briars would spend the remainder of the game in an arm wrestle with the determined Valley defence. The Briars probed and punched the Valley defensive line and came close on several occasions but couldn’t cross the line. The match finished with the Briars going down 3-15.
Round-3 Match Highlights
17/04/21 – Round 2 vs Hawkesbury Ag College (Away)
3rd Grade: 3s got off to a quick start rushing to a 12-point lead with all the possession early in the game. HAC hit back with an unconverted try but 3s responded with a converted try to close the first half with a 19-5 lead.
The second half saw 3s almost entirely defending in their own half. Conceding 2 hard-fought unconverted tries forcing HAC to throw everything they had at our boys the match swung in the Briar’s after a red card to a HAC front rower during a scuffle in a scrum. Our 3s, finally with possession in the second half, fought down to the HAC try-line, scoring at the death to win 24-15 in a mighty defensive effort in the second half of the match.
Points: 3 – Simon Carew; 2 – Luke Sinai; 1 – Nick Keith.
Colts: Our colts were looking to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season and started the match in the right way with a quick try. HAC hit back with two unconverted tries but our Colts responded with 3 tries and then another after a HAC yellow card. HAC hit back with three converted tries of their own, one of which came after a Briars yellow card. The match swung both ways throughout the game but our Colts held on getting the final score with a penalty goal and winning 37-31 in an exciting encounter to take their first win of the season.
Points: 3 – Miles Parhash; 2 – Max Fiorini; 1 – Jack Rathborne
2nd Grade: 2s Endured a difficult and scrappy game where both sides struggled to use the possession they had for long periods. Our 2s opened the scoring with a penalty goal after playing the opening minutes in HAC’s half. HAC responded towards the end of the first half with a converted try, leading at the break 7-3. HAC would go on to score two unconverted tries in the second half having been able to hold onto the ball for longer than our 2s and showing great determination in the forwards. 2s went down 3-17 against a tough and formidable HAC 2nd grade.
1st Grade: Another exciting game played out by our top team saw HAC open the scoring with a converted try but our 1st grade hit back with three unanswered tries. HAC responded with three tries of their own to end the first half with a lead of 24-19. The Briars fought through the second half with grit and determination showing they were a side ready to perform another comeback similar to the previous week’s victory, and took the upper hand with two tries leading 31-24 towards the closing stages of the match. In an exciting and tough end to the game HAC hit back to score an unconverted try and with time up, scored a converted try at the death to take the win in a see-sawing and tense affair. The final result 31-36 to HAC. Our first grade secured the 4-try bonus point and a losing bonus point in what was a disappointing yet thrilling result.
Points: 3 – Ned Churchyard; 2 – June Aperila; 1 – Troy Le-Sueur Hindmarsh