Tasmanian Rugby Union - Round 10 Report
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Tasmanian Rugby Union – Round 10 Report

Tasmanian Rugby Union – Round 10 Report

In Round 10 of the Tasmanian Rugby Competition, a loss by Devonport has seen movement in the top three with Glenorchy moving into top sport whilst Harlequins moved into second.

Harlequins Jeff Altman fly's in the lineout - photo credit Lisa Maree Ford

Harlequins Jeff Altman fly’s in the lineout – photo credit Lisa Maree Ford

Harlequins defeated the travelling Devonport Bulls 57-26 at Rugby Park to secure their spot in the top two. An complete performance from the Quins side saw them run the ball expansively and consistently stretch the Bulls’ defence. A strong set piece secured possession for the home side and were quick to exploit any Devonport mistakes.

Devonport's pack dominated the mauls

Devonport’s pack dominated the mauls – photo credit Lisa Maree Ford

For Quins dynamic outside centre Tou Havea was outstanding whilst Sidney Fielea controlled the game from flyhalf with Patrick Schramm supporting at flanker. For the visitors, Number 8 Johann Joubert continued his strong form whilst Connor Mack and Albertus Loubser also performed well.

Glenorchy's Dylan Oakford drives through the AMC defence to score

Glenorchy’s Dylan Oakford drives through the AMC defence to score – photo credit Sean McCann

Glenorchy Stags moved to the top of the ladder with a 32-14 victory over AMC Vikings at Eady Street. Despite having a player sent off in the second half the Stags showed composure to secure the win in a match they led all day. Glenorchy coach Shannon Banks praised the performances of flanker combination Josh Papera and Josh Dorahy whilst Chris Harwood was prominent in his return from injury. For the Vikings, Sam Rice, Kolo Holifonau and James Erwin worked well to disrupt the Stags on the ruck fringes.

On Friday night, Hutchins Hobart Lions defeated Eastern Suburbs Roosters 17-11 to continue their recent form. In a tight match, a try from replacement Terry Richardson in the final ten minutes gave the Lions the lead which they held despite desperate attack in the closing minutes from the Roosters. Hobart coach Don Moor lauded the defensive efforts from his side, singling out forwards Ashley Emmett, Tim Kadziolka and Dave Craig as strong contributors. For Easts, Jake Hyland and Phil Barry were prominent.

Easts Robbie Casboult fends off a Lions player deep in the Roosters 22 - photo credit Lisa Maree Ford

Easts Robbie Casboult fends off a Lions player deep in the Roosters 22 – photo credit Lisa Maree Ford

University snapped their five game losing streak with an 88-0 victory over home side, Burnie Emus. Despite only travelling with 13 players the Students were far too strong for the Emus, their expansive game plan racking up plenty of points with Sam Henry scoring five tries and John Dunbar grabbing 31 points, complemented by the strong running of lock Samuelu Lopa. Andy Lomas and Adam Baillie were best for the home side.

In the final game of the round Taroona picked up maximum points due to a forfeit from Launceston.

Author Credit – Isaac Anderson, University Rugby Club

Round 10 Results

Harlequins 57 def Devonport 26

Glenorchy 32 def AMC Vikings 14

Hutchins Hobart Lions 17 def Eastern Suburbs 11

University 88 def Burnie 0

Taroona def Launceston via forfeit



Ladder (after Round 10)

Glenorchy                           42

Harlequins                          40

Devonport                          37

Eastern Suburbs               34

Taroona                               32

Hobart Lions                       22

University                           20

AMC Vikings                       19

Launceston                         9

Burnie                                   0

  • Vang

    What’s going on with rugby in the North? Launnie having to forfeit and Burnie losing against 13 men? The TRU needs to get its act together.

  • Mark Oakford

    Are you willing to help? Please contact me marko459 (AT) yahoo.com.au

    • Spank

      A comment from a total outsider. I recently visited Japan for the first time and was both surprised and very pleased to see Rugby Union grounds. Just wondering – as an outsider – would it not be better to amalgamate a couple of clubs to make the competition more equal. I appreciate distance may make this impractical. Just a thought to increase this great game in Tassie.

      • Spank

        Say 7 or 8 clubs instead of 10.

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