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

How well is Israel Folau going for the Waratahs! After two years in the aerial game, I for one thought he would take some time to settle into rugby. What a prodigious talent he is. With the World Cup coming up, let’s hope he enjoys his rugby and hangs around for a few more years.

It looks like this Drugs in Sport scandal is not going away anytime soon. The latest revelations in the Telegraph on Tuesday 14th May about the alleged peptide injections to Cronulla Sharks players are mind boggling. The injection of players by so called sports scientists with any substance without direct medical supervision is just madness. Let alone supplying suspect supplements and potions. I only hope all people who think that such behavior is acceptable are rubbed out altogether from all sports.

 Round 5 of the Master Builders Club Premiership proved to be an extraordinary round with two draws. After 50 odd years involved in football I don’t think I’ve ever seen 2 draws played in the one round. The results have also compressed the points table somewhat with University suffering a fall from second to sixth courtesy of the Bye. Shamrocks retain a 4 point lead with Vikings now in second. Avondale jumps up to third and Camden and Shoalhaven retain fourth and fifth after their draw. Tech Tahs second win keeps them in touch with the leaders. Kiama and Bowral are now in danger of losing touch with the rest of the sides.

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U12s win Country Championships

U12s Country ChampionsIn a great display of team spirit, the U12 Junior Illawarriors claimed the 2013 NSW Country Championship played at Ourimbah, on the NSW Central Coast at the weekend.

The Illawarriors U12s' first game was against Hunter/Newcastle. Coach Brendan Schoupp and  Assistant Coach Trevor Nugara and trainers Brett Bewat and Mick Dodds had prepared the boys well. The first ten minutes was a fiercely contested affair, both teams playing the game hard but fair, but Illawarra slowly began to dominate their opponents, the groundwork being done by the forwards, who laid the platform for the backs to showcase their attacking flair. The Illawarra team dominated the second half, both in territory and possesion, running out comprehensive winners after some great interplay between the forwards and backs. Try scorers for the Junior Illawarriors: James Valevatu, Aaron Schoupp (2), Kaylan Weller, with conversions by Callum Dodds (3) and Aaron Schoupp (2) -  Final Score 35-0.

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Vikings hold onto Draw in Epic Clash

A great day’s rugby in perfect conditions was enjoyed by a large crowd of partisan supporters at Vikings Rugby Field on Saturday. The First Grade encounter was a classic, with Vikings going to and then giving up a big lead, and finally being lucky to stave off defeat in a drawn match of epic proportions.

Apart from the Colts’ game, which was won convincingly by Shamrocks, all matches went down to the wire. The Colts Competition is a worthy endeavour by the IDRU, but is floundering in its first year, the field now being reduced to only six clubs, of which Shamrocks, to their credit, is the only club with any real depth in this division. Vikings only had thirteen players for their Colts’ team on Saturday and were no match for the well manned Shamrocks outfit. Never the less, the valiant young Blueys did their Club proud and battled on gamely to go down 38-12. Best forwards for Vikings were Sam Wheatley and David Capp, with Harry Duggan and Jarrod Constable playing well in the back line.

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Illawarra South Coast Rugby Sevens a hit with over 200 players

U18's Winners - Edmund Rice CollegeThe Illawarra region played host to over 200, under 16 and under 18 Schoolboy Rugby players this week. The region hosted its annual Secondary Schools Rugby Sevens at the picturesque Kiama Rugby fields on Tuesday 7th May with the winners to represent the region against its City and Country cousins later in the year.

The location has a proud Rugby Sevens history with the Kiama Senior Sevens event attracting nearly 50 teams each February, and for the past 41 years the tournament has been the premier one day event on the Australian Rugby Sevens landscape.

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The Rogues Rant

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

The excitement is building with the British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia now just weeks away. The lions have announced their squad which has plenty of size about it. Looking at the player list and with former All Black player and current Wales Coach, Warren Gatland in charge, we can expect them to play a power game with plenty of aggression. The only problem is during Robbie Deans tenure as coach, the Wallabies have lacked genuine forward grunt. The first Test in Brisbane will give us a clear indication of how the series is likely to go. Bring it on.

Going by the number of penalties so far this season it appears that we do have a problem at the breakdown in the Illawarra. Our players are either ignorant of the Laws or just plain lazy. Its easy guys, if you are off your feet at the breakdown, you are out of play. If you then interfere with the smooth progress of the ball either deliberately or otherwise you WILL be penalized. So if you are out of play, get out of the way.

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Vikings pass the Test

Vikings Rugby Club which has been flying under the radar so far this season faced its moment of truth on Saturday when it took on the strong Camden Club in three grades. The previously untested Vikings proved to be up to the task, winning First and Thirds but going down to Camden in Seconds. The scores were 31-17 to Vikings in First Grade, 39-10 to Camden in Second Grade and 20-12 to Vikings in Thirds. Despite the windy conditions the rugby played in all grades was entertaining and of a good standard.

The Third Grade match was keenly contested with Camden having the best of the early exchanges and opening up an early five-nil lead. Vikings equalised with a try by Chris Nanasi soon after. Neither try was converted and the half time score was 5-5. The large Camden forwards were scrummaging well and caused Vikings to turn the ball over on several occasions. The complexion of the game changed in the second half however, with Vikings adopting a more expansive game plan and using its backline to good effect.

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