Schools Rugby: Intra-Associations Competition Wrap-Up


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The intra-association competitions has begun for 2018, with a number of teams making their mark early on in the competition. Here's some of the action from around the grounds.

Match Report: St Joseph’s College versus The Scots College (by Zachary Cambridge)

It was the last hit out before the season started and both teams had come of a week’s rest, ready to play some footy on a chilly afternoon in Hunter’s Hill.

3:15PM ticked over and the match was underway. Scots forced a Joeys knock on off the kick, putting the side in a great attacking position to start the match.

A thrilling inside ball by Charlie Savala allowed Jack Mossman over for Scots after four minutes of play, the conversion unsuccessful.

A few silly, rushed passes by Joeys mounted more and more pressure on the home side and gave the visitors plenty of opportunity to capitalise.

Joeys finally got down the other end and after several phases on Scots line, scored through a pick and drive – conversion successful.

Scots hit back straight away and a slick dummy and go from Charlie Savala saw Scots over for their second of the day and the extras were added successfully.

Scots were at it again, a rolling maul allowed Seb Strang to cross the line just prior to the half time bell with the after attempt missing its mark.

Halftime score: 17-7, Scots’ way.

Both teams returned from the break eager to start strong and it was Joeys who did quite that, Liam Scolari scoring in the corner.

Joeys were on the front foot straight away with another piece of excellence by number 9, Nicholas Murray, making a 60-metre runaway try – conversion successful.
Scots needed to be the next to score to slow the home team’s momentum, and that’s exactly what the huge crowd witnessed with Jeremey Williams scoring after a strong carry.

Joeys were next to score through James Howse, putting Joeys in front with five mins to go – conversion successful.

With only moments to go and Joeys in front, Scots rose to the challenge and dug deep, scoring back to back tries by both Jeremy Williams and Toby Gavin

It was to be a Scots victory – just.

Full time: The Scots College 34 defeating St. Joseph’s College 26. What a prelude to the official GPS competition for 2018, both teams to be sure contenders.

Match Report: Oakhill College versus St Patrick’s College (by Oscar Nowak Allcorn)

On a stunning sunny but chilly winter’s day, Oakhill College hosted St Patrick’s for a great day of rugby, concluding with the clash of the school’s 1st XV teams. Oakhill students were out in force to support their mighty 1st XV’s on the day of the school’s annual Gala Day.

The Oakhill boys ran onto the paddock through what would have seemed like a never-ending tunnel of vocal supporters. Oakhill were looking to make it two wins in a row.

Oakhill started the match kicking to St. Patrick’s. The opening minutes were very intense with Oakhill trying to make the early breakthrough.

However, three minutes into the game they knocked on forcing the first of many scrums in the game. The flow of the game was short lived with Oakhill conceding a penalty.

St Patrick’s gained yardage by kicking the ball out and taking a lineout. A minute later Oakhill gave away another penalty. However, on this occasion St Patrick’s failed to find the side line, instead giving the ball back to Oakhill who made some very valuable metres.

After a few phases Oakhill were taken into touch. Oakhill won the lineout from a St Patrick’s throw in, only to knock it on. Shortly after the scum, Oakhill recovered the ball with a great counter ruck driving over the ball.

Oakhill’s tighthead prop, George Ashkar was amazing driving forward in making some big hits and putting some of St Patrick’s players on their backs. Ashkar’s good work was short lived with Oakhill giving away another penalty for obstruction on the 10m line. St Patrick’s elected take a long kick for goal.

The pressure was on their kicker Mark Nawaqanitawase, whose kick whilst having height and distance missed the goal. Soon after play resumed St Patrick’s No 14 Julian Nader left the field injured.

This must have motivated his team mates and in particular outside centre Harry Manenti who scored St Patrick’s first try. The try was successfully converted by the accurate boot of Nawaqanitawase.

Not to be left scoreless Oakhill’s second rower Ryan Peacock scored a try 10 metres in from the sideline. Fly-half Flynn Angle-Corke levelled the scores with a successful conversion.

Scrappy play from both teams resulted in penalties and knock-ons. Oakhill’s loosehead prop Max Lloyd-James scored their second try. Flynn Angles-Corke’s conversion took the score to 14 – 7 Oakhill’s way.

Oakhill’s Ryan Peacock was sent to the blood bin for treatment on a bleeding nose. St Patrick’s commenced the second half with a kick into the safe hands of Oakhill’s Ryan Peacock.

Oakhill quickly gain ground. After a penalty a St Patrick’s player for being off his feet in a ruck, Oakhill crossed the line three minutes into the second half only to be held up by St Patrick’s. Oakhill’s Hayden Murray scored a try 4 minutes later with a successful conversion from Flynn Angles-Corke.

St Patrick’s full-back Aidan Trainor scored another try, however, the conversion attempt was unsuccessful. After a series of penalties the Referee Bill Mackay instructed both captains to talk to their teams about the discipline.

After winning the ball in scrum, Oakhill shifted the ball out wide for Lachlan White to score a try. The conversion was unsuccessful. With only a few minutes left in the game Oakhill’s openside flanker Luca Flore was yellow carded for cynical play.

St Patrick’s took advantage and scored without a conversion. The final score with a win by Oakhill was a very close 26 – 24. What a great game and well played by both teams.



Oakhill College 25 defeated by St Patrick’s College 34
Kinross Wolaroi 73 defeated St Pius X 19
St Stanislaus’ College vs St Augustine’s College

BYE: St Gregory’s College


St Joseph’s College 26 defeated by The Scots College 34
Shore 5 defeated by The Kings School 41
St Ignatius’ College 50 defeated Newington College 21


Cranbrook School 0 defeated Barker College 49
St Aloysius’ College 25 Trinity Grammar School 21
Knox Grammar School 0 vs Waverley College 32






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