As an Eddie supporter, my Aunty lives 275m from villa park, today after a family brunch went to watch the Lauries vs villa game in the first 15 which was the anticipated game of the round. I was particularly impressed with the number 12 from Villanova. The Skills he showed and his ability to change the game in seconds was outstanding! His technique of crash balling and draw in and pass was second to none, it reminds me of my days when I was coaching the under 20 Australian boy rugby league!! He deserves a pat on the back from the coaches in his school!! He nearly won the team the game today and fought hard but unfortunately lost, but for me he was the winner !! Credits to Lauries and the number 12 of Villanova you are a talent !
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As an old boy of SPLC, I headed out to yesterday's game with high hopes. The two blowout scorelines from the first two rounds showed a promising team who could maybe strive for the top. Last week's scoreline against SLC was a little worrying though. Was this team starting to believe their own publicity? Were the blow out scores just hiding deficiencies that the better schools would uncover? Or was this a team who could challenge Marist and Padua for top billing?
The talk before the game was all about how good the SPLC forwards were, how much firepower their backs had and how Pats needed to play above and beyond to even come close.
Within five minutes of the game starting, all theories were blown and all questions were answered. SPLC played like a team who were used to having it easy. They showed up thinking this would be a mere speedbump in the road while the Pats 15 stepped up and did their jerseys proud.
Pats jumped out of the block and scored a fast paced and accurate try and SPLC struggled to find their way back. They were shocked and by the time they pulled themselves together with a couple of their own tries, Pats were able to keep enough control to stay ahead.
The nine point win in the end came down to SPLC not showing up for the first 15min and being shown up by a dedicated Pats team.
I love the red and white jumper and I think this team has a lot of talented players but they don't play as a team and that's why they can't be considered contenders. They have Marist next week and it will be interesting to see how they back up, my feeling is it will be a 20-30 point scoreline against them but I live in hope.