Under-16 junior rugby union side into grand final

John Johnson takes on three of the Colts’ defenders.
John Johnson takes on three of the Colts’ defenders.

THE Central Highlands under-16 junior rugby union side is playing for keeps this weekend after beating Frenchville in a gripping game on Saturday.

CH will meet the Colts in the grand final tomorrow at Rugby Park.

Coach Greg Schwarz said it was a gallant effort in the semi-final that got them there.

"The first half was a real 'stick it to them' by both teams with both forward packs struggling to dominate and the contest coming out pretty even," he said.

Despite Frenchville having a size advantage, CH made up for it in fitness and technique, keeping the match balanced.

At half-time there wasn't much in it with scores locked 5-7 to Frenchville, and Schwarz said the game was anybody's.

Coming back from the break, the CH forwards started with more determination as Josh Johnson, Blake McGuiness, Henry Schumberg and Kyle Glover stepped up the pressure and speed of recycled ball at the breakdown.

Connor Jones stepped through a wedge of defenders and scored, putting CH in front by three points, but the lead was short-lived as Frenchville scored to get two points ahead.

"It was getting very tense on the sideline. With about 10 minutes to go, Connor Jones again found a gap in a solid line of defence and stepped two more players to score under the posts," Schwarz said.

"Then soccer convert and French international Robin Greham scored his first try in Australia to seal the match."

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