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Tasmanian Rugby Union Report – Round 9

Tasmanian Rugby Union Report – Round 9

In the final round of Tasmanian rugby before the competition bye, Devonport have moved into top spot whilst Glenorchy have swapped positions with Quins to go second.

At Rugby Park, Glenorchy Stags moved to second place on the ladder by defeating Harlequins, 33-18. A see-sawing first half saw the Quins take a one point lead into the break but the Stags produced a comprehensive second period performance to run away with the victory. A dynamic pick and drive game from the Glenorchy pack saw territory gained on the fringes that the Quins struggled to stop.

A Stags player is wrapped up by Quins in the tight first half

A Stags player is wrapped up by Quins Jeff Altman in the tight first half – Photo Credit: Sean McCann

Stags coach Shannon Banks was satisfied with the performance, crediting a strong defensive effort as the foundation for the victory whilst naming Josh Papera and Jamon Stankovich as his side’s best. For Quins, Michael Fox was dangerous at fullback whilst Josh Haeva and Sidney Fielia were also prominent.

Devonport Bulls have moved into top spot with a hard fought 26-19 win over hosts University. A strong set piece from the Bulls provided the platform to open up a second half lead however the Students fought hard to remain in the match and almost snatched a draw at the death. Devonport Number 8 Johann Joubert was damaging throughout the game whilst Connor Mack and Courtney Harris also performed well. University were best served by Brad Doran, Mike Kadziolka and Gareth Gerrard.

Taroona's James Holman scores for the Penguins

Taroona’s James Holman scores for the Penguins

A depleted Taroona Penguins side have recorded a valuable 40-24 victory over a travelling AMC Vikings. A strong performance from the forward pack secured enough possession to consistently keep the visitors scrambling in defence. Penguins’ Matt Brocklehurst was happy to gain the win however stressed the need to maintain an 80 minute performance for the rest of the season. Sam Graves, scoring two tries, Andrew Wicks and Chris Thompson were best for the victors while Michael Johnson, Glenn Morgan and James Erwin produced good form for the Vikings.

Taroona's Leroy Hart attempts to sidestep through the AMC defence - Photo Credit CMW Photography

Taroona’s Leroy Hart attempts to sidestep through the AMC defence – Photo Credit CMW Photography

At Royal Park, Hobart Lions defeated Launceston Bumblebees 25-5, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half. Despite missing several players through injury, the Lions produced a solid game based around support play that the Bumblebees weren’t able to disrupt, allowing prop Jon Cook to grab a double. Flanker Tim Kadziolka, James Cazaly and Tristan Lawrence were industrious for the Lions whilst Peter Crawt and Jerry Kyaela were Launceston’s best.

Double try-scorer Cyron Prouse makes for the Burnie line followed by Jake Hyland, Phill Barry and Sam Featherstone - Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Ford

Roosters double try-scorer Cyron Prouse makes for the Burnie line followed by Jake Hyland, Phill Barry and Sam Featherstone – Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Ford

Eastern Suburbs have gone into the break with a 115-0 demolition of Burnie Emus at Warrane. A comprehensive display from the Roosters saw the entire backline scoring tries with Coel Ikin getting 4 whilst Cyron Prouse scored two. Easts’ coach Brett Bourke was happy with the performance, in particular the defensive shutout of the Emus, whilst nominating halves Jake Hyland and Bo Horton as architects of the win. Despite the scoreline, Burnie’s effort was never lacking with Greg Harrison showing commitment at fullback.

Birthday Boy Brett "Crusty" Kershaw gets cleaned out by Easts' Marc "Wiggy" Whitfield - Happy 50th Crusty! - Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Ford

Birthday Boy Brett “Crusty” Kershaw gets cleaned out by Easts’ Marc “Wiggy” Whitfield – Happy 50th Crusty! – Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Ford

Author Credit – Isaac Anderson, University Rugby Club

Results

Glenorchy 33 def. Harlequins 18

Devonport 26 def. University 19

Taroona 40 def. AMC Vikings 24

Hobart Hutchins Lions 25 def. Launceston 5

Eastern Suburbs 115 def. Burnie 0

Ladder

 Team P W Opp Fft D L BP F A % Pts
Devonport 9 8 0 0 1 6 384 130 295.38% 38
Glenorchy 9 7 0 0 2 9 327 123 265.85% 37
Harlequins 9 7 0 0 2 7 383 203 188.67% 35
Eastern Suburbs 9 7 0 0 2 5 329 140 235.00% 33
Taroona 9 5 0 0 4 7 302 169 178.70% 27
Hobart Hutchins Lions 9 3 0 0 6 6 236 163 144.79% 18
AMC Vikings 9 3 0 0 6 6 163 244 66.80% 18
University 9 3 0 0 6 3 188 227 82.82% 15
Launceston 9 2 0 0 7 1 112 382 29.32% 9
Burnie 9 0 0 0 9 0 55 698 7.88% 0

 

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