Yes, they ran all over GPS at Chatswood - Rick Goehner played out of his skin.
Strangely, though, that year the Associated Schools had a future Wallaby second-row (Peter Fitzsimons) and a future NSW prop (Dene Glasson) - yet neither of them made even the reserves' bench!
To the point of Knox Grammar wanting to spend 100,000 on a professional coach. Every school in the competition is able to do so. Each school is a business and have the funds to pay this sum of money. Its 10 boys from Waverly and Aloyisous school fees. It main seem a lot in retrospect but within the actual structures of the school and behind closed doors for each school it isn't. Furthermore to end these constant cries of intakes per year group. Each school has the choice to uptake each year group. Knox is the first to do so but in the near future others like Waverly will be as well. Also other schools have less numbers because they have other competing sports e.g Waverly and AFL. Every school has competing sports.
Round 5, always promising when each game is a playoff for 1st, 3rd and 5th respectively. All these games are tough to call.
Cranbrook vs Knox, with both teams coming off comfortable wins this game should be fast. I believe Knox has enough strength across the park to muscle a victory, unless Cranbrook plays a good, smart territory game (of which they've recently been criticised of not doing). Amidst the professional coaching staff debate, Knox by 8.
Trinity vs Barker, I think this one will come down to who is returning for Trinity. Barker haven't conceded a point in two rounds but it's almost certain that record will break if Trinity fields a full strength side, Trinity by 10.
Aloysius vs Waverley, Aloys seems to be the more resilient of the two sides, the past two match reports of theirs characterising them with heart and courage as a losing side. Playing in Willoughby is much more favourable than Queens Park and the loss of Vevers might actually inspire a wholesome team effort. Waverley controversially won the corresponding match last year after the bell, Aloys boys will be looking for revenge. Aloys by 12
I think the amateur era in rugby is long gone. These are elite schools offering huge professionally run co-curricular programs. If Knox choose to spend some of their sports budget on a professional rugby coach then good luck to them. I think they also have a high level soccer coach. They advertise the Knox Sports Academy as part of their value proposition to parents so some professional coaching is to be expected. Look at the swimming and diving program at Trinity, they choose to spend a lot of money there. Others might spend more resources on professional music instructors or drama instructors. I don't see why rugby should be exempt from specialist coaching input.
On a slightly different tack all the talk of schools developing players through their rugby programs is a bit over blown. Most of the top players are playing club and rep. This is where most of the elite player development takes place. Where you do see school programs come into their own is in the lower grades where most boys do not play club. I know at Barker for many of the boys their only rugby experience is at school. The teachers do some rugby coaching clinics to learn to coach and then hopefully develop these other boys to have a good time playing rugby with no expectation of making the 1st XV. This is where you see "traditional schoolboy rugby". The elite level is just that, elite.
Barker vs Trinity
A very hard game to pick. Trinitys hammering at the hands of cranbrook will do nothing for their confidence - and the loss of key players in Barkley brown and corias will leave morale low for the green machine. Barker have had a less traumatic run with injury, and have their tails up after cleaning up Waverley. Barker by 10
to be honest, Cranbrook vs Knox this weekend seems over-rated. Knox is the better side. Although the points say different, Cranbrook have excelled against sides now under powered due to injuries post knox games. For example trinity, Cranbrook although scoring a larger amount of points- Trinity was missing three of their 'stand out' players Barkley-Brown, McClellan and Corias which they played from recollection all against Knox. Adding to this it was a home game meaning the factors were with them.
Now the only thing to be holding knox back is their discipline.
Knox by 20+ this weekend.
i will cut off my left testical if waverley end up in the bottom half of table!
you retards obviously dont know anything.. every year you say waverley dont have 'star' players and yet the waverley lads suprise everyone. this year will be NO DIFFERENT!
cranbrook have nothin to offer and neither do aloys!
come to your sences, history shows waverley have not been in bottom half in decades.
your all fruitloops if you think otherwise and must be watchin a different CAS comp..
please tell me if i am wrong?
The cranbrook vs Knox clash is shaping up to be the game of the year. Whilst it is arguable that Knox have stronger personnel across the park, the key match up in this game will be in the halves. Both teams thrive on structured football, so the territory game will be huge. In this area the boot of Renton will give cranbrook the crucial advantage. Also, the discipline of cranbrook could be a crucial factor - Renton's boot will punish the ill-discipline that have characterized some of knox's footy this season. In a tight encounter, Cranbrook by 6.
The week before Aloys lost at Barker 21-0, a scoreline that flattered Barker. Favour Aloys at home to record their first win.