Match Report
Scotch College 1st XV vs  Aquinas College
On: Saturday, 04 May 2019
Venue: Away

Aquinas 1st XV forfeited against Scotch 1st XV.

Scotch 2nd XV 20 drew with Aquinas 1st XV 20

Aquinas rugby numbers are thin, so we played their 1st XV and lent them a couple of players.

Scotch started well and were competitive early, but we let their key big man run and he broke 6 tackles on his way to the try line. Aquinas scored again shortly after that and it looked as we were going to get over-run. However, Scotch rallied and spent the rest of the first half hammering away at the Aquinas line without success. Scotch were down 0-10 at halftime but this did not reflect the evenness of the contest.

In the second half Scotch scored it’s first try to Quin Arundel, which was the result of a good kick chase and sustained pressure. He missed the conversion but then kicked a penalty a short time later to narrow the gap to just two points. Aquinas then scored their third try before sustained pressure on the line saw Bailey Cumming score a try under the post which Quin converted to level the game. From the kick off Scotch caught the ball and kept passing and backing up until Nick Gower scored Scotch’s third try to go ahead 20-15 with only a few minutes left. Aquinas then scored a late equalising try but missed the conversion and so the score finished 20 all.

This was an excellent game played in good spirit. The result was a fair reflection of play.

In the backs Robbie MacGregor had a lively game at halfback while Quin Arundel controlled the game well with some sensible kicking. Hugo Barich carried the ball well in contact while Nick Gower showed potential at fullback and scored a good try. Finn Lumsden-Lowe tackled well while Charlie Thomas carried the ball strongly and put in several big tackles despite hobbling through the game. Bailey Wright in his first game of rugby looked to have scored a try, but it was not awarded, while Will Partridge and Orson Ambrose also in their first games of rugby will be better for the experience.

In the forwards the bookends of Bailey Cumming and Sam White gave Scotch the necessary grunt to match the big Aquinas forwards. Ned Cusack certainly added spark, while Fraser Webb was good in the lineout. Marcus Young was workman like, but unfortunately, we lost Captain Sam Woodward, who led by example, due to injury. The surprise package was Angus Arts, who came off the bench and had an excellent game. Like all good open -side flankers he was quick to the breakdown and put huge pressure on the Aquinas backs.

Overall this was an excellent start to the season as we had trained together as a team for less than half a practice. While there is a lot to work on the performance was good first up.