The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

A great day of Rugby in oppressive heat at the Macarthur 10’s a couple of weeks ago at Camden. The Deadwood Timberwolves made it three Macarthur 10’s titles on the trot with a last minute try to snatch the win in a classic final against Sydney Nandi. The Timberwolves are a great rugby story, a group of players who specialize in the abridged forms of the game and donate any prizemoney that comes their way to charity. The $5,000 Macarthur 10’s purse was quickly passed onto the Westmead Childrens Hoapital. The Timberwolves have now donated in excess of $200,000 to charity over the years a wonderful effort in anyone’s book. They will be back next year along with just about all of this year’s twelve competing teams. 

For the first time in the 45 year history of the Kiama 7’s the Title is heading south of the border down Victoria way. The Box Hill Broncos completed an unbeaten days Rugby defeating last year’s champions Warringah 21 – 7 to take the $11,000.00 in prizemoney. In an extraordinary defensive performance, the Broncos conceded just four tries in their 5 matches, disposing of Randwick, Hunters Hill and West Harbour in their Pool matches. A hard fought 10 – 7 win over Manly in the Semi saw them through to the final against the defending champs. Warringah made the final after a 19 – 5 semi win over another surprise packet of the day, Temora from the NSW Riverina. Temora went on to defeat Manly in a tense Plate Final 14 – 12. The Warringah Womens team made it two Vases in a row defeating Sydney Uni 19 – 0 in the final. Host Kiama were no match for Country Cup winners Lakes in the final going down 36 – 0. The South Coast Sharks made it through to the Bowl final before going down to the impressive Cooks Hill side from Newcastle who won 31 – 7. The countdown is already underway for the 2019 Tournament.

  

After 2 rounds of Super Rugby first impressions would suggest that we are in for a repeat of 2017. Considering what we saw in the Brisbane Tens and the first appearances from the NZ and Aussie sides last week, the early season signs are not good. The Kiwi sides dominated in Brisbane and the matches across the ditch last week were clearly once again of a higher standard than what we saw locally. The New Zealanders played with more intensity, skill and finesse than their Aussie counterparts whose performances can only be described as clumsy and disjointed. With the possible exception of the Rebels, the Aussies sides made every effort to lose their matches with the Brumbies and the Waratahs lucky to get away with wins after what I thought were quite disappointing performances. Let’s hope things improve over the next few rounds. Like last year last week’s match results were pretty predictable with the Rogue scoring 6 out of 7. My tips for this week: Blues, Brumbies, Rebels, Crusaders, Sharks, Lions, Hurricanes.

Trial action is coming to Illawarra Rugby this weekend with Bowral going up against Southern Districts Colts from 11.00AM Saturday 3rd at Eridge Park. Meanwhile Shoalhaven will be hosting Hawksbury Rugby Club from 3.00PM at Shoalhaven Rugby Park. On Saturday March 10 the Illawarriors will be playing trials against Queenbeyan at Saunders Oval from 12 Noon while Shamrocks are opposed to Petersham at Ocean Park from 12.15. Some other dates to remember, Saturday March 17 – Illawarriors V Southern Districts at Campbelltown Showground. IDRU Season Launch Sunday 25th March at the Master Builders Club from 3.00PM.        

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.

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