Round 3 v Manly

Round 3 v Manly

April 15th Parramatta Firsts Grade Verses Manly at Manly Oval

The game was live on 7 two on Saturday and we wanted a win from Parramatta. There was a large contingent of Manly supporters at the game. Manly are undefeated and have beaten Southern Districts and Sydney University in their last two games. Manly are coached by ex- Parra premiership player Brian Melrose. Brian brings a vast amount of experience to the coaching roll and has the Marlins on song.

Manly are running south to Sydney Rd and receive the first penalty for Parra being lazy in defence. Manly elect to take the kick directly in front. Manly 3 after 38 seconds.  Parra kick deep. Parra again display ill-discipline for not rolling away in the ruck. The penalty does not find touch as Parra take the ball forward from halfway. Parra kicks tactically into the north score board corner.  This is much better play from the Two Blues. Manly are able to work the ball away from their line for a Parra lineout on half way.

Manly are strong in the ruck and steal the ball and look to spread the ball wide with quick hands. It is not long before the Manly winger Tom Chester is able to score in the southern beach corner after a good 2 on 1 play. Manly fail to convert. Manly 8, Parra 0 after 5 minutes of play.

The first scrum penalty goes to Parra for Manly wheeling in the scrum. Good work from loose head prop David Lolohea. Manly’s scrum weighs 868 kg to Parra’s 935 kg. Parra penalty from the scrum for Manly not being straight. Parra lineout on Manly’ 30 metres. Parra spread wide to the east. Parra turn the ball over for a Manly scrum on their 22 metre. From the scrum win Manly kick deep and it is cleaned up well by fullback Sam Hayward. Manly spread to the grandstand corner and are able to outpace our backs for nice try in the corner by winger Cam Bailey. The conversion is unsuccessful. Manly 13, Parra 0 after 15 minutes

The kick return witnesses Parra penalised for hands in the ruck. Manly kick to halfway and spread wide from the lineout. Manly are penalised for not rolling away. Parra take it forward through Prop Nigel Vaifale however, loose passing witnesses a turn over. It is 13 to nil at quarter time and Parra haven’t had the ball. We need to put pressure on Manly. We continue giving away the ball. Manly form a rolling maul on our line and centre Dennis Pili Gaitau literally scrambles over the try line to score. Stand in captain Waldo Wessels questions the double movement and a bit of a knock on. I believe the Manly player was held and therefore not allowed to go again.  The referee awards the try unsighted. Where is the touch judge? Manly convert Manly 20, Parra 0 after 23 minutes of play. Manly are looking very slick as we are awarded a scrum penalty. Parra kicks to the western bowling club corner. From the lineout number 8 Tyrone Viiga busts the line and charges up the field. Parra can’t seem to control the ball as Manly make another break down the eastern side line from the Parra turn over. Manly thrive on the counter attack. Manly scrum inside our half. Parra are penalised for not being straight. Manly lineout on the Parra 22. Manly turn the ball over. Parra scrum 7metres out from our line. Manly force a turn over for a Manly scrum on the same spot. Manly have set up with two backs on each side of the scrum. It’s going to be hard to stop. Manly wrap right to the grand stand creating the gap for Manly winger Cam Bailey to score his second try. Great backline play from Manly. Fly half Sam Lane converts from the sideline. Manly 27, Parra 0.

It is all going Manly’s way as Para are penalised. Manly turn the ball over to Prop David Lolehae who streams up the field.  Parra are penalized again and Manly kick to our 22 on the grandstand side. A relieving penalty is given to Parra for Manly not rolling away.  Parra turns the ball over and Manly come down the beach sideline.  Manly are penalised after some fisty cuffs. Parra lineout as we pass right to the beach. Once again we turn the ball over. Manly must have had the ball for 70 % of the time. Talk about completion rates. Boys we can’t win without the ball. The half time bell sounds. Manly 27, Parra 0

Half time summation:  Parra have not held the ball for more than 5 phases of play and we have only completed two phases twice. The errors are killing us. To get Manly on the defensive we need to hold the ball and make them commit to the ruck. We need to be up in their faces. Manly are too good a side to allow them to have the ball. We need some points and that not against us. Para needs to come out with the right attitude. Manly 27, Parra 0. The nil part is not a good look.

Parra are back on the field running south. Parra kick deep to Manly lock Ryan Melrose as Manly probe our extremities. Parra finally get some consistency as we attack down the grandstand sideline. Unfortunately we drop the ball with the line open with some work to do.  Parra continues to look for ways to give the ball back to Manly. Parra at the 8 minute mark of the second half are defending on our line again. Manly put in 5 metres out as the Manly announcer calls a try but it is a Parra scrum.  We turn the ball over as Manly fullback Josh Tuner scores in the scoreboard corner. Manly increase the score to 34 points to nil after converting.

The kick return witnesses fullback Sam Hayward bring the ball back to the Manly 22 linking with half Waldo Wessels who darts through the Manly defence. A great run as a Parra player knocks on for a Manly scrum on their 22 on the grandstand side. Manly take a quick throw and run the ball as Parra moves up too quickly creating a giant overlap. Manly score out wide with Larry Herman’s chasing flanker Harry Bergelin. It was a straight out footrace for the try line. Manly convert.  Manly 41, Parra 0 and lucky to get the nil. Number 8 Tyrone Viiga is replaced by Captain Andrew Cox. Manly are on fire as Manly fullback Josh Turner scores a sensational try with an in and out scoring next to the posts. Great foot work from the number 15.  Manly 48, Parra O. Manly continue to dominate. Parra have held the ball for 7 individual phases in the last 15 minutes and only one for 4 phases.

Parra are penalised again and Manly take the lineout in the scoreboard corner. Manly form a rolling maul to score in the corner. The Marlins are now 51 with the kick to come. This is a very difficult kick. The score keeps going up. Manly 53, Parra 0 with 14 minutes to go. From the kick return Wing Robert Duff nearly scores after a brilliant run through the whole of the Manly team. However, the ball goes to ground as he passes to hooker Aaron Blacklock. Manly kick deep and we are again caught on our try line trying to bring the ball out.  Manly perform the razzle dazzle with a flick pass on our try line. The Manly replacement has been on the filed for 30 seconds. Manly convert Manly 60, Parra 0 with 7 minutes to full time.

The kick return witnesses a Parra scrum 5 metres out next to the posts as half Waldo Wessels unloads to fullback Sam Hayward who is crunched for a Manly scrum. Parra haven’t given up and are able to come up with a relieving kick. Parra lock Michael Ross is down. Parra wins the Manly line out as half Waldo Wessels does a DCK (The dreaded chip kick). Manly run the ball back at us.  Fortunately they don’t score. The full time score Manly 60, Parra 0.

Manly are a good side that are well coached. They are very clinical in their play and use the width of the field very effectively. All the Manly tries were a team effort.  Coach Paul Hardwick talked in the media about Parra needing to start positively and the result will depend on the bounce of the ball. Parra had no luck and didn’t get the rub of the green at any time in the 80minutes of play.

The nil result is the most disappointing aspect. Boys this is about belief systems. We are a bloody good team. We have built up from last year.  I didn’t see anyone out there not trying. We need to make our own luck. We have one of the best forward packs in the competition. We need to keep the ball in hand.  Our phase play is a weakness  and we are susceptible out wide in defence. There is nothing that can’t be fixed. It will be interesting to see whether Manly can keep up this standard. They might well be peeking too early. It’s a pity we didn’t get to play Manly in the trials. We found out where we are at on Saturday the hard way.

I was present when we beat Manly at home 41 – 17 at home in 2013. Not only did we beat Manly we sustained 17 straight penalties against us in row in the second half and still won. We never gave up and never game them room to move. Randwick plays a similar brand of football as Manly. Randwick loves the counter attack. You know Randwick are going to run the ball and move it wide. As an old flanker we need to cut them off at the fly half and send them back into the pack. You need to be in their faces. In every tackle drive them into the ground. If you are on the ground you have an opposition player with you. Make them think of being anywhere else other than being on a football field. It’s controlled physicality.

All it takes is all you have got.

See you at Back to Parramatta Day

Thommo

Round 2 v Eastern Suburbs

Round 2 v Eastern Suburbs

Match Report – Parramatta v Eastern Suburbs First Grade – Merrylands RSL Rugby Park

The day started well with an emphatic win by Fourth Grade scoring a pushover try on the bell to win the game. The try was scored  in the south western club house corner of the oval after sustained pressure by the team for at least 15 phases of football.  The try took Parra Fourths to 33, Eastern Suburbs 27 after Parra had been trailing 27 to 26. The win brought spontaneous jubilation across the ground with spectators hugging each other and jumping for joy. The club song then resonated around the ground.  Sung twice, just to make the point. Third Grade played well but went down narrowly to Easts 17 Parra 12. Thirds aren’t far away from a win.

Second Grade came storming  home  after a slow start to the game where  Easts looked like they were going to run away with game and put on a big score. To Seconds’ credit Parra came back in the second half, scoring a great try early on and closing the gap.  Lock James Benton converted from the score board sideline 45 metres out.  Easts 24 to Parra’s 19.  After Parra  scored this great try Eastern Suburbs  hits back straight away through Wing Scott Ferris, son of Parra  premiership Captain Peter Ferris with a good run down the clubhouse sideline. Easts converts. Easts 31, Parra 19 after 50 minutes of play.

The question was asked , “Can we win this?” Hooker Sefo  Stefanao  answered this question with   stab kick into the Sponsor’s corner  with a Parra player grounding  the ball for a great try. Easts 31, Parra 24. Unfortunately Parra were subsequently then awarded to two penalties but we could not find touch, which took the pressure off Easts. Then when we were able to gain good field position we turned the ball over on our own line. This allowed Easts to get out of trouble and work the ball down-field. Easts were then able to score through their forwards near the posts. Easts 38, Parra 24 after the conversion.  Parra weren’t finished , however, as Easts  turned the ball over on the bell. Parra were able to regather and score through a pushover try. Great work! Lock James Benton converted with Parra gaining the extra bonus point. Easts 38, Parra 31.  Parra Seconds started slowly   but finished on fire. And, although it’s still not a win, there is still a lot of excitement over securing the “7 points or less” bonus point from the full-time, pressure, goal-kick.

It was now time for First Grade. [Apprentice’s Note: the Master’s confidence was dented when, limbering up to record the First Grade match, he thrust his hand into the ice bin, withdrew a can of Bundy and Coke and, mystifyingly to the Apprentice, cracked it, took a big swig, and choked. Turned out he was after a can of Solo. Just as well the Master didn’t have to distinguish between different shades of yellow on the field.]

The mighty Two Blues set up on the northern  end of the field waiting to receive the kick from Easts. Number 8 Tyrone Viiga takes the ball forward strongly. The first penalty goes to Parra on half way for Easts being offside. The first scrum is 10 metres out from Easts line on the clubhouse side. Our scrum wheels but we hold for another Parra put-in. The Parra scrum exerts   good pressure but we let Easts off with a turnover. Easts come down the western clubhouse side and score a controversial try in the Sponsor’s corner. Where’s the Bunker when you need it? I reckon the ball was held up. It makes no difference what I think! Easts 5, Parra 0. The conversion was unsuccessful after 10 minutes of play.

Parra has had the better part of the play but the score does not reflect this. Easts are penalised in front for not releasing. Parra look to takes the points. Not a good kick. Easts clear and are penalised again for not rolling away. Parra are going to take another kick at goal 5 metres further out after 15 minutes of play gone. A much better kick from our fly half Jarrod Nyssen.  Easts 5, Parra 3

Parra is definitely playing with more purpose and the scrum is much better this week. Easts have only been down our end twice but, on the second occasion, Easts score another try. Disappointing: it is far too easy for Easts. Turnstile tackling was being displayed by Parra. Easts 10, with the kick to come. This time the conversion is successful. Easts 12, Parra 3 after 22 minutes. Poor hands are causing turnovers. Parra receives a penalty for Easts not rolling away. We kick to the south west clubhouse corner.  Parra lineout 5 metres out.  Parra brings the ball down into a rolling maul. Hooker Aaron Blacklock scores a great pushover try. The kick is unsuccessful.  Easts 12, Parra 8.

The Parra improvement continues as our scrum dominates the Easts forwards up front. Easts are penalised for wheeling. Parra kick for touch.   We are awarded a scrum 5 metres out from Easts’ line and 5 metres in. There is an accidental offside as half Waldo Wessels runs into our own player. This may work to our advantage.  Easts pack down a scrum on the same spot. Easts kick for the line. Parra lineout on Easts 22. Parra are attacking Easts line 22 metre out.  It is only three minutes to half time.  Parra are penalised for not rolling away and Easts kick to the Sponsor’s corner.  A let-off for Parra as Easts line out throw is not straight. Half time score Easts 12, Parra 8.

Easts head to the change rooms as Parra go to the southern end of the field.  Our coaches talk about how Easts are trying to get on the outside us to run the ball. As a team we need to get off the ground and get to the play. Easts’ centre and fly-half are clutching their shoulders. We need to draw them in and run at them making good body contact. Our scrum is about attitude, you are doing well but we need to lift more. We need to clean out the ruck and take it to Easts. Go through them not around them.

Second half: Parra kick off and Easts turn the ball over. Parra are playing with enthusiasm as the first penalty of the second half goes to Parra for Easts not releasing. Fly half Jarrod kicks for goal. The football gods aren’t with us as the ball is waved away. Eastern Suburbs 22 metre drop-kick.  Wing Robbie Duff drops the ball cold for an Easts Scrum.  Rob is really shirty with himself. From the scrum Easts turn the ball over and Parra stream towards the try line. The Easts’ half is yellow carded for holding down. This is our time but we turn the ball over. Easts scrum as they receive instructions from the Easts’ water boy.  Kohli, the Indian cricket captain would have something to say about this. It’s very unsportsmanlike! Parra are all over Easts in their red zone. Easts work to half-way. I can’t but think we are going to be punished soon as we are playing so well. And I’m right: that’s better Easts, as Easts receive a penalty in front of the sticks. Easts convert the penalty goal. Easts 15, Parra 8.

On the kick return Easts try to run the ball out from their line.  Hooker Aaron Blacklock has different idea as he powers into the ruck and causing the turnover.  Aaron has excellent upper body strength. The ball goes left to the Sponsor’s corner. Full back Sam Hayward scores as he drives through the ruck on the line. Easts 15, Parra 13. The conversion is unsuccessful. Recently appointed Two Blues’ Board member Sean Duff perceptively observes that fly half Jarrod Nyssen “is kicking well, but missing them!” (Apparently a stylish Irish insult is to say of a player that he has his father’s cooking and his mother’s kicking.)

From the kick return Parra are again down in Easts red zone as flanker  Adrian Musico  charges down  the Easts’ half’s clearing kick.  Adrian picks the ball up and passes to Aaron Blacklock who streaks to the line to score besides the post. Fly Jarrod Nyssen converts. Parra 20, Easts 15 with 10 minutes to go.  Can we do it?

The kick return witnesses Parra being penalised for not releasing.  Easts kick to the western corner. Easts lineout as Easts probe our line 5 metres out. The Parra winger saves the day with a classic ball and all cover tackle.  Parra line out but we knock-on 5 metres out. The troops are now being rotated as prop Daniel Arona replaces Brendan Crosilla. ‘ Hinny’  to  his mates.  Easts scrum as they attack and are held up over the line. Our scrum was strong early on but we have seemed to have regressed. Easts attack our line and the Easts player is held up.  Parra are awarded the scrum in front of our posts. A reprieve for us!  Now to get out of our red zone.

Parra are playing with passion as Easts replace their damaged players. Parra scrum and put in on half way 10 metres in from the clubhouse.  Parra dominate the scrum and are awarded a penalty. Parra kick for line. Parra lineout on Easts’ 22, clubhouse side. But we lose the lineout. Easts scrum on their 22m. Why aren’t I confident of a win? Because we know who we are, and anything is possible both negative and positive? We need a big scrum Parra. Easts run the ball left then right to the south west corner. Easts score on the corner post. Parra 20, Easts 20 with the kick to come. It was a beautiful kick but fortunately missed with 3 minutes to go. Parra get the ball and take it forward and we are again penalised. Easts kick deep and from the ensuing line out scores in the southern scoreboard corner. The football gods have really deserted us as Easts converts the try from 45 metres out. Easts 37, Parra 20.  Unbelievable!  Then if that’s not bad enough Easts run the ball back from the kick return for another try on the death. There are Parra players down all over the place.  We have capitulated!  Even losing the bonus point. Easts convert from the sideline again. Final score Easts 34, Parra 20.

Being ahead by 5 in the last 10 minutes and behind by 17 at full-time must be some sort of record, although not one you’d want, and this made an exciting and well-matched contest look much more one-sided than it really was. [Apprentice’s Note: other bonuses were the Master’s practical lesson on how to tell Bundy from Solo, and Sean Duff’s valuable suggestion that beauty, arc and symmetry of a kick should be worth something, even if the ball doesn’t actually make it over the crossbar and between the uprights. The AFL “behind” is a score for missing, so there’s a precedent; and the name already suggests itself: a “duff”. Worth raising with the IRB?]

Anyhow congratulations Easts: you showed us what good teams can do when you back yourself!  Parra, it was a heartbreaking finish and we will all rue the one that got away. I am disappointed but I can’t be critical as you all improved and you brought the spectators to their feet. Bring on the Marlins!

Round 1 v Eastwood

Round 1 v Eastwood

at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park on 1st April 2017

Score

10 – 37

Thommo’s Match Report

It’s a beautiful day at Merrylands RSL Rugby Park.  After a long off-season and all the wet weather the Two Blues were looking forward to getting out on the paddock and taking on Eastwood.  Announcer Geoff welcomed all our spectators and friends of the Two Blues to our first game of the season, and acknowledged our sponsors, notably Merrylands RSL which has just committed to a further three years’ support.

Unfortunately our lower grades hadn’t fared well earlier this weekend.  Fourth grade and Third grade were in the need of a run as their trials were been cancelled against Randwick and Manly.  Scores:  4th Grade Eastwood 61 – Parramatta 5, 3rdGrade Eastwood 37 – Parramatta 5.  Eastwood have excellent depth in players with 20 players sitting on the bench for 4thGrade.

Reserve Grade were a chance and were only 12-7 down at half time and levelled the scores 17 all after 20 minutes in the second half.  Poor discipline resulted in 3 penalties being awarded to Eastwood in the last 20 minutes.  These penalties are real coach killers.  The boys played well but couldn’t put Eastwood away when it counted.  Eastwood 26,  Parramatta 17.

Parra 1st Grade are running south, with Parra receiving the kick. Eastwood kick east and away from our forwards to Woodville Rd. Parra are awarded a scrum on half-way.  First penalty to Parra for Eastwood not rolling away.  Parra  kick south and we are awarded a line out on the  35 metres.  Parra turn the ball over on the Eastwood 22. Eastwood scrum after 5minutes of play. Eastwood kick deep to the sponsors box, 10 metres out. Parra throw.  Lock Senio Toleafoa takes a great 2 handed catch.  Penalty to Eastwood in front of our uprights. We are not clear on the ref’s reason for the penalty. Eastwood 3 Parra yet to score after 8 minutes.

Parra are showing enterprise by their willingness to run the ball, but our handing is letting us down. Parra penalised for not releasing. It’s 40 metre kick to the posts, and the penalty attempt goes wide. A reprieve for Parra’s ill-discipline.  Eastwood run at the line after the goal-line drop out. A forward pass prevents Eastwood scoring their first try. Parra put in, Eastwood dominate up front. Parra are penalised again. It would appear the ref has only one eye. Eastwood choose the scrum 5 metres out. Eastwood score from a kick through after 15 minutes of play. Eastwood showed good patience in putting the ball down without getting over-excited. Eastwood 10, Parra nil after a successful conversion.

The kick return witnesses a near runaway try by Eastwood down the club house sideline. It was only prevented by a great tackle from half Waldo Wessels. Eastwood lineout on our 22.  Parra steal the ball but knock on 18 metres from our own line. Penalty awarded to Eastwood for a Parra high tackle. Eastwood lineout 5 metres out from the sponsors corner.  Push over try from the rolling maul.  Eastwood fail to convert.  Eastwood 15, Parra 0 with 15 left to half time.

I am not certain whether I should raise the conspiracy theory but we are getting hammered in the penalty count. Another penalty awarded as we are wheeled in the scrum. That’s 7 penalties in a row, Eastwood are not that good. Eastwood score in the sponsor’s corner with a tight try on the line by their wing. I am certain there was a slight forward pass but alas I am the only person who thinks so. The conversion is unsuccessful. Eastwood 20, Parra 0 with 5 minutes to half time. The only redeeming factor is that the Eastwood kicker is off target. Thank goodness!

The ref must have made a mistake as he has raised the wrong arm. Parra are awarded a penalty. Fly half Jarrod Nyssen converts the penalty. Parra are finally on the board. Eastwood 20, Parra 3.

Parra have picked up their confidence and are playing with more flair. Eastwood kick deep to our 22 on the eastern side. The ball has gone out on the full. Parra are given a lineout, however, Eastwood have gained 80 metres. We turn the ball over and Eastwood score down the eastern touch. I think there was another suspect forward pass in that too. We are not getting the rub of the green. The try is awarded and Eastwood fail to convert. Eastwood 25, Parra 3.

Parra are again penalised and Eastwood kick to half way on the eastern side.  Parra are not playing with any authority. We need to keep the ball in hand and make Eastwood work for the ball. Eastwood line out on our 40 adjacent to the club house. If only Parra could get their hands on the ball it might be a better contest. Half time Eastwood 25, Parramatta 3.

The sponsors’ box, aka the Polota-Nau Pavilion, is well-populated, and spirits are good, lifted in part by Jenny Blacklock’s fine catering. New(ish) NSW Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hore has shown his interest in grassroots Rugby by coming to Granville for the 1st Grade match. He notes the unhappy state of the facilities, but likes the feel and atmosphere.

Parra stay out on the field as coaches Paul Hardwick and Greg Michelle talk to the team about controlling the ball and going forward. As a team we need to be patient but not hesitant. Slow the ball down so the ball can be set and we can take the ball forward. We need Eastwood to commit their players in numbers to open attacking spaces.

The boys must have taken what was said on board as Parra start exceptionally well.  Eastwood are at sixes and sevens . Good hustle by Parra. Parra lineout on Eastwood’s 35 metres. Unfortunately we turn the ball over after some strong play. We let them off the hook. Eastwood scrum on their 40 metres. Eastwood spread wide to the southern corner and score. Eastwood 30, Parra 3. The  conversion is unsuccessful.  From the kick return. Parra are on fire as Number 8 Tyrone Viiga takes on Eastwood with a great busting run. The ball is laid back.  Parra pick and drive and our fly half Jarrod steps through the Eastwood team and scores next to the posts. Jarrod converts his own try. Eastwood 30, Parra 10, after 10 minutes of play in the second half.  Parra head to the sponsor’s corner as we are piggy-backed down the field with successive penalties. We control the ball from the lineout. Great work Parra.

Eastwood mount a solid defence on their line. Parra score through our prop Lafi Pongi with a great bustling run. However, the ref is standing on Eastwood’s 22 with his arm up. What happened to the advantage rule? Parra pound the line and earn another penalty. An Eastwood player is down as both teams regroup. Parra kick to the sponsor’s corner. From the lineout Parra form a rolling maul. The Eastwood wing is yellow carded for repeated infringement. We again kick to the sponsor’s coroner for a 5 metre lineout. Parra bring the ball down and are forced out. The momentum is lost as Eastwood are awarded a line out on their 5 metre.  Eastwood work their way out and we are penalised for holding on. Wonderful play for nearly 20 minutes, with Parra pinning Eastwood in their own 22, but unhappily no reward on the scoreboard.

Eastwood work towards our far corner on the eastern side. Parra line out. We can win this! Parra scrum on our 22 with 18 minutes to go. Our scrum is not what it was like from last year. We turn the ball over and Eastwood score in the eastern corner: Eastwood 37, Parra 10. The conversion is successful with 15 minutes to go. Eastwood fail to kick to the 10 metres. Parra scrum on half way. The Eastwood winger readies himself to come back on as Eastwood are awarded a scrum penalty. Our advantage is lost as we are penalised for being offside.

Eastwood kick deep for a lineout on our line. Eastwood mount a concerted attack. Our troops are rotated with 9 minutes to go. Parra scrum on our 40 centre of the field. We set right. Flanker Daniel Tamone  breaks through  the Eastwood line with a great run.  Eastwood line out on their 5 metre. Eastwood put an up and under on. Our full back Sam [second name] makes an ambitious volley on our 30 metre. The ball skews to our open. Our hearts are in our mouths as Eastwood try to take it on the full with no one in front. It comes off the Eastwood players arms and falls into to a Parra player but he is caught. Time is running out. The game see-saws back and forth. The game is finally over. Eastwood 37- Parramatta 10.

I questioned our supporters about the game. What did you think of the game? What do we do? What about the revolution? There was quietness and disappointment. We must improve was all that was said. We really only tested Eastwood for 20 minutes at the beginning of the second half. We were on the front foot and the penalties suddenly came our way. We need to be fitter, faster, stronger and run the opposition ragged.

Viva the revolution! Thommo