SLC out gritted a much bigger Iona side in the Seconds as well. Dominated the scrum with a couple of wind against the feed too. Both sides played well though.Big win for SLC over Iona. Bit surprising, I thought it’d be much tighter. I didn’t get the final score unfortunately - something like 38-7 or so?
A big advantage for the MCA boys having a home game for the Grand Final. Anyone know the match-ups yet, particularly in the Opens - I am aware of MCA v SLC in both First XV and Second XV as both schools undefeated in their pools.
I think it will be a clean sweep for the Southside schools, except the First place match that MCA go into as clear favourites.
That said, coming off a convincing win against a big and physical Iona side, SLC are capable of an upset win, if they can shut down Floyd Aubrey. (easier said than done).
MCA V Iona.
1sts - MCA v SLC
2nds - MCA v SLC
10A's - MCA v Iona
9A's - MCA v Iona
8A's - MCA v Iona
7A's - Padua v ??
Pretty clear pattern there re MCA's dominance - boarding school and largest cohort ...plus a lot of hard work.
Would have been an interesting discussion re location of the Opens Grand Final, given MCA were a shoe-in, a neutral venue may have been appropriate?
To put this match into context, Ashgrove and Lauries have played 98 times in competition matches since 1941. 1941-1951 in Rugby League and 1953 onwards in Rugby (no matches in 1952). 83 matches to date in Rugby, 37% of matches by 7 or less including 3 draws. The average score is 18-9 to Ashgrove. This is the longest standing fixture in TAS/ AIC rugby. Ash 18 Wallabies, Lauries 10; Ash 2 international referees, Lauries 3; Ash 3 Wallabies captains, Lauries 2. Both have 3 Kangaroos representatives as well.