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Southern Inland Rugby 2014

Discussion in 'Club Rugby' started by yourmatesam, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. rugbyfollower Frank Nicholson (4)

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    "Co coaches likely to move to the boys in blue for 2015" had heard this rumour, also heard a former tah ex Shute shield halfback will be returning for 2015. If the aggies co coach thought their club initiation for him was tough, tahs will be even more so! #moreclubsthantigerwoods lol
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  2. Independent Herbert Moran (7)

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    From what I am told, the initiation you refer to was brutal & the jury is probably still out on whether that had more to do with his personality or who his former club was.

    Wow. 2014 isn't even finished and the rumours are coming thick and fast for 2015!!

    Interestingly, the Preliminary Finals being held in Albury. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the offices of AusFarm upon hearing that!!!
  3. Hugh Jarse Rocky Elsom (76)

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    How did Rawaqa perform this year? In the games I saw him play for the Parramatta 2 Blues while he was in Sydney, he was a very skilled performer and an asset to the Club. There is every reason to suspect that he would have ripped it up in the Southern Inland if he maintained his fitness and was injury free.
  4. yourmatesam Bob Davidson (42)

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    HJ! What are you doing lurking in the SIRU thread?
    Rawaqa has been playing pretty well. He setup one of the best tries I've seen in this region on Saturday. Some other guys might have more to say, but from what little I've seen, he's handy, very handy.
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  5. brumbies28 Frank Row (1)

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    I've head through the grapevine that the Aggies may be losing their captain/Coach Stu (Vince) Garrett to Griffith. Which will be a massive loss to the team. But the Aggies will be gaining the likes of Ben Leaper, Tom Dunstan and a few recruits from Robb college in Armidale. Will be very interesting.
  6. berrablue Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Looks like it will be a tough one for the Tahs this weekend. Not the worst thing in the world to be playing through. Look what happened in the Shute shield with Eastwood. Got some mail this morning that a former SIRU 1st grade premiership winning captain will be making his debut for the Tahs. If he's anywhere near as good as when I played him, he will add some serious starch to the pack. Staying in the Berra to watch the first NRC game but good luck to the tahs and hope to be watching you blokes in the GF.
    Also, great to see a number of genuine contenders for the cup.
  7. namtrak Charlie Fox (21)

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    If your referring to Dave A, I think he's been playing most of the year, just moving from second row to number 8
  8. Sicnarf Ted Fahey (11)

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    No I think he means Andrew Sheridan from Cootamundra doesn't he ??
  9. berrablue Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Ha. Unfortunately, I was not playing when Dave moved to Wagga. It's not an aggie.
  10. namtrak Charlie Fox (21)

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    Ok, Tahs must have a preference for 1st grade premiership captains.
  11. yourmatesam Bob Davidson (42)

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    I hope they've got their clearances in order.

    I'd find it hard to see how Sherro would qualify for Waratahs?

    My mail would be on Mick Roche if this mail is accurate.
  12. namtrak Charlie Fox (21)

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    Interesting, maybe he's referring to next year?
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  13. rugbyfollower Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Tahs DEBUT this Saturday? James whiteley?
  14. berrablue Frank Nicholson (4)

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    Ok so had confirmation last night that the player is 100% in for the weekend. I was a bit sceptical myself but apparently he has played enough games for thirds to have no dramas qualifying. Im surprised someone hasn't picked him although one of the posts was pretty close. Ha. Good to have a bit of mystery.
  15. namtrak Charlie Fox (21)

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    Pat B?
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  16. Sicnarf Ted Fahey (11)

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    I think you'll find James Whiteley listed for 2nd Grade Wagga Kanagaroos Mungoes tomorrow - him & his brother were the BIG signings for Kangaroos at the start of the Year but obviously they failed to make the Grade which isn't a big surprise
  17. Almost 2 old Chris McKivat (8)

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    Well if it is Pat then that alone will be worth the entry price. He is probably one of the most consistently destructive players I have seen in the scrub. Even if he only plays 40 minutes it could be very telling against the opposition. Waratah Albury games are often loaded with intrigue and was by far the most enjoyable game for me to play year after year. Good or bad & win or lose this one will be no different.
  18. yourmatesam Bob Davidson (42)

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    #SIRU2014 Finals Week Two Preview:

    From what I saw last weekend, there was some entertaining rugby on the weekend, Griffith v Waratahs 1st Grade was a cracker with Dan Rawaqa setting up one of the best tries I’ve seen scored in this area of the world. CSU had a disappointing end to their season at the hands of the Steamers, but that’s footy. Roll on this weekend, another weekend with great weather, do or die footy, cracking defence and scintillating attack!

    The Second Grade fixtures will highlight the depth of talent out there amongst the clubs this weekend with CSU-Tumut and City-Aggies providing a platform for those lower grade players to show their wares. In Thirsty Thirds, Junee and Waratahs have (interestingly) opted for a 7:30pm Friday night fixture which could test the hamstrings while Hay and Ag College will meet at Fortress Murrayfield for an early hitout.

    PREMIER DIVISION:

    FIRST GRADE:

    Waratahs (1) v Albury (3) – Murrayfield @ 3:15pm, Ref: M Del Gigante

    The old foe meet again. I’ve heard some pundits referring to this match as a traditional rivalry, some would say that there is no love lost between these two clubs; whatever your take on the relationship between Waratahs and Albury is, this match is going to be a physical hitout for both teams. Waratahs will be driven by their GF smoking at the hands of the Steamers in 2013 and the Steamers are hell bent on making three Grand Finals in a row.

    The Steamers will enjoy being at home this weekend; they have a pretty decent record at home and will see this weekend as a great opportunity for them to knock off their archrivals this weekend. From a Waratahs perspective, Hugh Palmer will be keen to see how Jake Eaglesham pulls up this week and will no doubt be seeing what the local veterinarian is up to on Friday afternoon – cortisone anyone? It’s difficult to measure the impact that one player makes to a team (and Waratahs are by no means a one man team) but there is no doubt that Eaglesham adds another level to Waratahs in attacked and defence.

    Waratahs should be looking back on their match against Griffith as proof that they can go the distance with a Griffith outfit that are no doubt on the up. That game was a tough game last week and Waratahs will be better for it. From where I was sitting, Waratahs had their chances but probably need to work on a way of shoring up that first line of defence and creating a firmer defensive position rather than an at times staggered defensive line. Bottom line is, Griffith have some great attackers and you can’t give them an inch.

    Albury were comprehensive against an injury depleted CSU team that was out of their depth. 62-10 tells the tale; Albury defended strongly and almost scored points at will. If I was playing or coaching, I’d be looking for my guys to step it up a level again this week. CSU made the Steamers work for their tries, but the Steamers will need to lift again this week against a Waratahs team that will provide considerably greater resistance this weekend.

    The set-piece will be a key area for both teams as each forward pack pride themselves on this area of their game. Much has been said about the Waratahs forward pack this season, but life won’t be easy for them this week against a Steamers forward pack that looks very similar to their 2013 forward pack. The Steamers scrum is a highlight of their game and they will no doubt be looking to set a solid platform from this phase of the game tomorrow.

    Both Waratahs and Albury have plenty of experience across the park, Nathan Bright, Richard Manion, Ash Lefevre (Albury) and Mick Gooden, Matt Shortis, Dave Armstrong (Waratahs) have plenty of big game experience in them. I was impressed by Sam Allen on the sting for the Steamers last week and his matchup with Steve Tracey at Fullback will be interesting to watch this weekend.

    Players to watch: Liam Krautz and Tim Corcoran; Richard Manion and Jayden Stanton; James Kora and Mick Gooden.



    SECOND GRADE:

    CSU (2) v Tumut (4) – Jarrah Park @ 1:45pm, Ref: S Donelan



    FIRST DIVISION:
    FIRST GRADE:
    Temora (8) v Tumut (5) – Jarrah Park @ 3:15pm, Ref: P Dean

    This match is an interesting one for me. Both these teams have been steadily improving over the past two seasons and are both key teams in terms of how the 2014 competition has changed from 2013. These two teams in 2014 have stepped their game up another level but in recent weeks, they have both been soured by injury and are probably a bit wobbly at this stage of the season. That’s not to say that either team doesn’t deserve to be here, they definitely do, just that they probably need to focus at this crucial time of the season.

    The Bulls gutsed it out against Aggies last week and should take pride in the fact that they managed to come back from 26-12 down at half time to peg Aggies late in the second half. The Tuskers appeared a bit shell-shocked last week against a Wagga City outfit that seemed to outplay them across the field.

    Temora will be stoked to have the evergreen Bill McCrone back in the drivers seat again this week but are no doubt hurting with the loss of Casey Jordan and Campbell Maxwell. The go-forward and ball playing combinations that these three players had in 2013 was a key feature of their game. 2014 has arguably seen them focus more on a 10 man style of running rugby with crash balls through the centre and runners around the 10 channel.

    Tumut’s forwards deserve some wraps for their consistent approach to the game last week, they were a key reason that the Bulls were able to grind out a victory last weekend and this type of effort will be needed again tomorrow if they are keen on playing next weekend. The ability of Jock Mason to purchase enough strapping tape between now and game time could prove to be a significant influence on tomorrow’s game.

    Players to watch: Niko Degei and Will Reynolds; Bill McCrone and Cristino Manuelevo.



    SECOND GRADE:

    City (7) v Ag College (5) – Murrayfield @ 1:00pm, Ref: M Ryan

    THIRD GRADE:

    Ag College (2) v Hay (3) – Murrayfield @ 11:45am, Ref: L Gunn

    Junee (1) v Waratahs (5) – Conolly Park #1 @ 7:30pm Friday, Ref: A Gunn

    UNDER 17’s:

    Wagga City v Temora – Jarrah Park @ 11:15am, Ref: M Lotz

    Young v Waratahs – Jarrah Park @ 12:30pm, Ref: M Harris

    WOMEN’s:

    Two cracking games on the cards in the Women’s competition tomorrow. Wagga City and Aggies have both been strong competitors this season with Wagga City’s style revolving around a strong passing game, whereas Ag College are probably playing a bit more “off the cuff”. Leeton have been handy during the season and continue to show some flashy skills, Griffith would be disappointed by their efforts last weekend and should be looking to fire on all cylinders if they want to make the GF. Most punters would have tipped a Leeton v Griffith Grand Final rematch this year, but certainly didn’t expect it to be coming a week early!

    City (3) v Ag College (5) – Murrayfield @ 2:30pm, Ref: T Reneker

    Leeton (1) v Griffith (2) – Leeton #1 Oval @ 12:30pm, Ref: A Le Brocque
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  19. yourmatesam Bob Davidson (42)

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    Junee 10 bt Waratahs 8 in the 3rd Grade match tonight.
  20. yourmatesam Bob Davidson (42)

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    George Last is the player in question and this weekend will not be his debut for Tahs, he has been playing Thirsty Thirds all year and was a clear standout for them in 3rds last week.

    George is a quality footballer, I believe he was part of the SIRU U21's team in the early 2000's that won the NSW Country Championships with the likes of Justin Wheatley et al before Wheats headed to Eastwood.

    Weather looks sensational here in Wagga and should make for another exciting day of rugby at Tumut and Albury!!

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