PACK READY: Emerald and Blackwater under-14s fought hard in the forward pack. sw-291010-1349
EMERALD Roos have asserted their dominance in the Central Highlands under-14 rugby union competition with a 22-0 mauling of the Blackwater Basilisks in Blackwater at the weekend.
The Roos looked like young men on a mission as they emerged from the team bus ready for the tough battle ahead.
And it was tough, with the majority of the first-half anyone’s game as both teams sought to feel out the opposition’s weaknesses.
Two tries on the trot gave Emerald a healthy 10-nil scoreline going into the break with wise words from Emerald Rams premiership winning coach, John Kuavai, spurring the boys into action.
Roos centre Sebastian Stiegler would have felt a touch of déjÀ vu midway through the second-half as he scooped up a long kick downfield and looked certain to score, only to be called back for an offside ruling.
He then mirrored the exact same performance, this time from an onside position to score under the posts for the visitors and secure the 22-point win.
Blackwater coach Dave Glover said his boys had improved remarkably since the last encounter, naming Brandon Ferguson as the best on field.
Emerald coach Beau Clarke said front-rower Joe Tiare was his Best and Fairest for the match, carting the ball forward with fearless aggression on numerous occasions for the Roos.
“We were a bit sloppy in the first-half but then the game plan started to stick and we managed to come away with a good win,” Joe said. “Take nothing away from Blackwater though, it was good tough rugby, especially in the forwards.
“We may not be the biggest of packs getting around but we’re definitely one of the more stronger and more mobile ones.”
SPRINGSURE Roos under-12 turned on a great performance against Blackwater Basilisks, winning 32-17.
Of particular brilliance was Roos’ fullback and near on the game’s smallest player, Harry Strandquist, who was lethal on the backline fringes.
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