10th April, 2017
The youngsters were also outstanding coming off the bench in the Reserves match. Down 19-5, our boys made a strong comeback, with the try of the match. After making a try-saving tackle, teenage halfback Josh Vuta made a darting break. With one man to beat and being caught from behind, he cleverly grubbered ahead and Colts teammate Josh Walker judged the bounce to perfection and calmly stepped two defenders for a try.
Sadly, it was too little too late. We gave the Magpies a big start, conceding two soft tries to trail 10-nil before Ricky Agent, in his first start at hooker, dived over. It came after a terrific penalty kick by Justin Bernstein found the line only 5m out and Dan Rollinson won clean ball at the lineout. If only JB had done the same in the first half when we were down 12-5 – but unfortunately kicked the ball dead.
Souths scored a pushover try at the start of the second stanza to increase the lead to 19-5. Realizing he needed more manpower against a big pack in a 5m scrum, the coaches had called for man-mountain Brandon Anae, but the referee wouldn’t let him on. Another narrow loss for our Reserves, 19-12.
One of our best was winger Nate Corbett, who gave everything in a non-stop display and Samuela Helaman made some trademark “big hits.”
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