The Rogues Rant

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

A big weekend is coming up for Junior Rugby with the NSW State Titles to be played over the long weekend. Illawarra will be sending a total of ten teams to the various venues across the state this year. We will have two teams competing in each of the Under 10’s and 11’s tournament at Warriewood and East Killara respectively. Camden Rugby Club will be hosting the Under 12 competition again this year as they have now for several years with distinction. The Under 13’s are at Barden Ridge in southern Sydney while the 14’s are off to Orange. The 15’s and 16’s are both at Narrabeen Academy of Sports Fields and our Under 17’s will be forming a composite team with Randwick for the 17’s tournament at Pittwater Rugby Park. This weekend is one of the highlights of the Junior Rugby year which has seen several Illawarra sides in previous years bring home a State Title. Let’s hope the boys can have some good luck in 2017.

It’s also a big weekend for the Vikings Rugby Club as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the club, the oldest and most successful Rugby Club in the Illawarra. There will be old Blueys coming into town this weekend from all parts of the globe as Wollongong can expect a large cash injection all over town for the next four days. Perhaps they might be able to get some of the visitors to visit the blood bank for a donation towards the Dexter Porter Cup but that will have to be early rather than later or the blood may be tainted. Things get underway on Friday night with an informal Friday Drinks before the action turns to Vikings Oval for the Round 10 matches against their well respected arch rivals Shamrocks. Who better for the club to celebrate such a milestone with than the club that they have enjoyed such a fierce rivalry with over many years? The post-match function is sure to continue till the wee small hours of the morning. A Kids coaching clinic starts the day on Sunday at 10.00 AM followed by a match between the legendary Viking Longhorns and the Junior Parents and Coaches. Should be some very fast walking rugby played here. You can expect some running rugby when a Vikings Jubilee 15 side made up of some of the clubs best players of the last 10 years go up against The Presidents 15 and invitational side of Vikings Stalwarts. Should all be a lot of fun for everyone young and old. The final event for the weekend will be the Clubs Gala Celebration Ball on Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Novotel North Beach. Love the Blueys or hate them I think we all congratulate Vikings on what they have achieved in Illawarra Rugby over the past 60 years and may there be many more years to come.

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Junior Illawarriors Making Their Mark

Two weeks after former Vikings junior Reece Hewat was named Captain of Australia’s Under 20 Squad we’ve seen several other former Junior Illawarriors take a significant step forward in their Rugby Careers.

Last Sunday as part of the Country Cockatoos V Sydney Subbies program at Camden Rugby Park, NSW Rugby conducted trials for the 2018 Gen Blues Waratahs U/20 squad. The Country Cockatoo Colts were involved in matches against several sides selected from the Shute Shield Colts clubs. No less than six Illawarra juniors were involved in these matches showing that our region continues to produce quality players.Gen Blue Trialists 2017

Pictured after last Sundays matches are Sean Anese, Blake Schoupp, Corey Aylett and Daniel Lombardie.

In what has become a somewhat well-worn path, five of these players left our region to finish their final years of schooling at various Private schools as part of their Rugby development. These five were all part of a very successful Junior Illawarrior squad coached by the very astute Brendon Schoupp and Graham Tresidder, that took out two Country Championships and were runners up on two more occasions over five years. Their time in the Illawarra also involved participation in the early days of the Junior Gold Cup program.

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Tuala Inspires Cockatoo Rout

NSW Country LogoWith an inspirational Captain Paul Tuala leading from the front the NSW Country Cockatoos opened their 2017 campaign with a 40 points to 7 victory over an overwhelmed Sydney Suburban side at Camden Rugby Park. Running in six tries for the match the Cockatoos had the match in their keeping by half-time establishing a dominant 26 – 0 lead by the break.

With Tuala and his loose forward partners Kiama’s Leighton Cowley and Maitland No.8 Travis Brooke terrorising the Sydneysiders, the Cockatoos took control of the match from the outset dominating their opponents in all facets of the game. Running in four first half tries the hosts never allowed the Subbies to find any rhythm in their play as the Cockatoos went about their task with ruthless precision.

Subbies Flanker Steven Morton found himself in the Bin after just three minutes of the match for a lifting tackle and things just got worse for the visitors from that point on. Tuala opened the scoring for the Cockatoos while Morton was off burrowing his over the line for the first try. Fullback Jack Arthur kicked his first goal of the day as the Cockatoos led 7 – 0 after nine minutes.

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Rocks Confirm Fourth Spot

MatchReportShamrocks have maintained fourth spot on the IDRU Builders Club Premiership ladder with a come from behind 25 – 17 victory over Camden. Rams in form winger Joseph Tildsley crossed for the first two of his hat-trick of tries in the last ten minutes of the first half for the Rams to lead 12 – 6 at the break. The Rocks took control of the second stanza, running in three tries of their own before Tildsley got his third in the dying seconds of the match.

Shamrocks took an early 6 – 0 lead with stand in Halfback Ryan Schoupp booting two penalty goals as the Rocks set up camp in the Rams half of the field for the better part of the first twenty minutes of the match. Two tries went begging for the Rocks between Schoupp’s goals, as Tildsley saved one with a great goal line tackle forcing his opposite number Eloni Raisele into touch a meter out. The Rocks then saw a forward pass rob them of another try scoring opportunity.

Tildsley struck for his first try with ten minutes to go to the half-time whistle. Breaking free on the left flank Tildsley kicked ahead when cornered by the Rocks cover only to see Tyler Aitkin get to the ball first for Shamrocks cm’s from the Rocks line. Tildsley stayed on his feet and after gaining possession of the ball at the breakdown dived over for the five pointer. Referee David Gunning consulted with his Touch Judge before confirming the try. Three minutes later Tildsley was in the action again this time taking an intercept and racing thirty five meters to score a converted try for the Rams to take the lead 12 – 6.

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The Rogues Rant

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

The 2017 Rep season goes into the next mode this weekend. The NSW Country Cockatoos will be coming to the Illawarra District this Sunday with the annual match against Sydney Subbies to be played at Camden Rugby Park. Seven Illawarrior players have been included in the 23 man squad for the match with University’s premiership winning coach Shaun McCreedy also on deck as part of the Cockatoos Coaching staff. Bulls’ payers Paul Tuala and Andrew Rae are in the starting 15, with Jesse Roach from Shamrocks, Kiama’s Leighton Cowley, and Bowral Blacks wingman Henry Yuill also getting a start. Andy Papworth from Uni and Tommy Sawden from Vikings are on the bench for the Cockatoos first of three matches in this year’s short program. The Cockatoo Colts will also be going around on Sunday with the Illawarra represented by Cory Aylette from Shamrocks and Keiran McCourt from Camden. The Colts are up at 11.30 against Sydney West with the Cockatoos to kick off at 1.30PM.

Michael Cheika has announced his Wallaby squad for the upcoming June Test matches. He has left some big names out for the matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy in favor of some young guns who have shown sound form in what has been a disappointing Super Rugby tournament. It remains to be seen if Cheika intends to continue with the younger brigade or is he just giving them a taste at this level before bringing the older more experienced players back for the Rugby Championships later in the year. Is Cheika showing some much needed vision with a view to the future of Australian Rugby? The Wallabies play Fiji first up in Melbourne on June 10th, followed by Scotland in Sydney on June 17th and then Italy at Suncorp Stadium on June 24th, with all matches kicking off at 3.00PM.

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Barrett Gets Three In Blueys Sixth Straight Win

MatchReportVikings have registered their sixth consecutive win for 2017 with a 33 – 10 bonus point win against a gallant Kiama Cows outfit at Kiama Showground. Holding a narrow 14 – 10 lead at the break the Blueys went right on with the job in the second half running up nineteen unanswered points. Fullback Andrew Barrett was at his brilliant attacking best running in three tries on the back of some clever work from his inside backs, in particular Cockatoo rep Tommy Sawden.

With another Cockatoo Rep, Leighton Cowley leading the charge for the Cows, Vikings defence was asked plenty of questions throughout the match. The Blueys defence highlighted today by some big hits from prop Joshua Wigmore has been a feature of the sides success so far this year and ultimately won out in today’s match.

The match started at pace with both sides showing early their intention to let the ball do the work. Andrew Barrett created his first try by sweeping into the Blueys backline from twenty out to score untouched wide on the left. With Tommy Sawden converting Vikings hit the lead 7 – 0.

Kiama had the better of play over the next twenty minutes putting on two tries to take the lead as the Blueys struggled to overcome some spirited play from the Cows. After twenty minutes of play Kiama fullback Aisake Tuevu crossed for his sides opening try after some strong running from centre Kadin Cowley. Minutes later, Tuevu and Cowley combined again to create a chance for Flanker Michael Kauter to score but the usually reliable Kauter fumbled the ball over the line.

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