Monday, 20 May 2013 @ 11:24 AM EST
Contributed by: Chip Carroll
The resplendent golf surrounds of Eastern Suburbs' home ground at Woollahra Oval can have an adverse effect on visiting teams, by giving the impression it will be anything but a confrontational arena of battle. Although their side find themselves in the unlikely position of being near the bottom of the ladder, they have the ability to put on a rugby clinic if given the opportunity, and our objective is to ensure it doesn't come at our expense.
The all-too-familiar slow start came back to haunt us as we were virtually resigned to being spectators to a rampant opening onslaught by our hosts. They registered 28 unanswered points before we got on the score sheet in what can only be described as a poor 30 minute spell of rugby on our part. Our inability to control possession and make tackles once again proved our undoing. They've become such a staple of our play that it's becoming an unwelcome burden to our make-up that we need to eliminate immediately. Our only solace in the half came via a try to impressive fullback, Tomu Mataika, off a gem of a pass from ever-present number 8, Matt White, which sent him on an unimpeded 70 metre run to the try line. Second five-eighth, Tawhiri Walsh's subsequent conversion made it 7 - 28 nearing half time.