Schools Rugby: Inter-Association Trials (ISA, GPS, CAS) Round Two


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The second round of the inter-association trials between ISA, GPS and CAS saw some exciting, high-scoring rugby being played all across the board. Brought to you by our Junior Reporters, here is what went down in round two.

Newington 0 defeated by The Scots College 55 (by Zachary Cambridge

It was set to be a cold one between the arch-rivals Scots and Newington and that wasn’t just the temperature. Both teams coming off a high, winning last week against their respective opponents.

Whilst Newington had a few boys out due to injury, the coaching staff had instilled trust into new faces to get the job done.

The game started out quite tough, Scots getting the first points through a blistering run by big flanker Brett Wellington, offloading to Seamus King who fell over the line; conversion successful.

Following some scrappy play, Scots were lucky to find themselves on Newington’s line but were silenced with some great defence leaving them scoreless. Persistence prevailed as Seb Strang found a gap off the ruck and gassed it through the line untouched to score Scots second try of the day; conversion was again successful.

Scots again capitalized on poor defence by Newington with back to back to back tries through Hugo Patterson, Will Harris and Toby Gavin, the scoreboard sitting at 35-0.
Newington came into the second half wanting to start fresh but Scots came out hungry for points, sniffing the victory. Soon after a Scots mauling ruck resulted in a successful pick and drive and it was Will Harris’ turn to put points on the board.

It was obvious that it wasn’t Newington’s day when Scots scored yet again in what was shaping up to be a whitewash, a slick short-side play finished off by Ben Zucchiatti adding salt to the wound.

To Newington’s credit, they didn’t give up stringing several phases together to gain ground and momentum. As the local crowd cheered them on and the try line in sight, the Newington lads were left scoreless with Scots Seb Strang executing a massive tackle to hold them out.

A dazzling last play by the boys in blue and gold down the short side meant Jack Mossman would go over for his second of the day, conversion successful.

Oakhill College 0 defeated by Trinity Grammar 55 (by Oscar Nowak Allcorn)

Oakhill College was on the end of another loss in this Saturday’s clash with Trinity Grammar, making it three in a row. The weather didn’t help either: a rainy, cold day with strong winds turning the fields into slippery slides.

Trinity kicked off into the wind and got the ball straight back. In the first five minutes, Trinity were making sure the ball was theirs so they had an early lead. With the first try being scored by Trinity in the first five minutes they stuck with their plan.

Throughout the whole game, Trinity’s backs and forwards were dominant in defence and attack. The backs were sprinting through Oakhill’s line whenever they got the ball and were consistently moving the ball to their wingers Luke Hennessy and Ethan Grimmond. Trinity were keeping the pressure on Oakhill, forcing Oakhill to make errors.

Just over 20 minutes into the first half, Trinity’s forward Matthew Yazbec received a yellow card for multiple infringements. Five minutes later, Oakhill’s number 4, Will Elborn was sent off with the same indiscretions.

At halftime, both teams talked strategy. Unfortunately for Oakhill, Trinity really picked up their game in the second half by scoring and successfully converting five tries.

In the last fifteen minutes, Trinity’s inside centre Sione Vuki grubber kicked the ball to the wing resulting in a race to the ball. It was Oakhill’s winger Aldo Galluzzo who grabbed the ball in the in-goal area and sidestepped two Trinity players, put himself back in the field of play where he was tackled just on the 22m. Trinity came up with the ball and after a number of passes scored a converted try at which point blew full time.

The result was 55-0 to Trinity. Bad luck to Oakhill College on this occasion but we sure hope they will come back strongly in the next game. Well played to both teams!


St Joseph's’ College 82 defeated Shore 0

Newington 0 defeated by The Scots College 54

St Ignatius' College 7 defeated by Kings 32

Barker College 74 defeated St Patricks' College 5

Oakhill College 0 defeated by Trinity Grammar 55

Waverley College 47 defeated St Augustine's College 36

Knox Grammar 15 defeated by St Stanislaus' College 17

Cranbrook 26 defeated St Gregory's College 10

The Armidale School 24 defeated Sydney Grammar School 6






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