Coastal teams battle for Waratah Cup


29/08/2019



By NSW Rugby Media Unit

Terrigal High School were runaway winners of the 2019 Waratah Cup, defeating a brave Xavier Catholic College 38-7 during Wednesday’s final at TG Millner field.



Terrigal were assertive from the outset, scoring five unanswered tries in the first half. With conversions they established a handy 31-0 half-time lead.

Having travelled from Ballina on the New South Wales North Coast, Xavier were not about to give up and their spirits lifted following a converted try early in the second half.

Strong in attack and defence, Terrigal added another converted try and sealed a decisive 38-7 victory.

Captain Phoenix Steinwede said the Terrigal team had proven itself all season but were tested today.

“Xavier were a tough squad and they came at us all game,” Steinwede said.

“Lucky for us we got points early.

“We came out really well, the boys were looking good but as subs started to come on the fatigue set in and that made it hard for us in the second half,” he said.

The Waratah Cup is an introductory level 15 a-side Rugby competition open to all high schools. Progression to the final begins with success at one of nine region-specific gala days and the preliminary finals. This year’s preliminary finals involved 30 teams and were held across seven fields at The Kings School at Parramatta.

“We had a good gala day at Kings,” Steinwede said.

“Didn’t have a point scored on us there. The first game we won 60 something nil so it was an easy run through.”

The year 12 student said the team culture had contributed to a successful season.

“We’ve been playing together since year 10 and we’re all really good friends, we’ve stuck together, we hang out on weekends. Good to have friends like that. Form a good squad,” he said.

Xavier’s Captain Mason Hilyard was proud of his team’s perseverance.

“A lot of us are league players, a few are still learning the rules,” Hilyard said.

“We played well in the second half but they just got it in the first half. Came out way too strong for us.

“It’s been a great season, this is the first game that we’ve lost, other than to Terrigal at Kings.

“We’ve got another game next week to win our area, hopefully we can win that.”

It was an all Sydney showdown in the U16’s final as rivals Hills Sports High and Westfield Sports High battled it out in an exciting match that saw Hills get the win with a 22-10 victory.

Hills Captain Spencer Tuala said it had been a successful season on and off the field.

“A lot of us are new to rugby union and it was a good learning experience for all of us, it has brought us closer to boys we didn’t know,” Tuala said.

He said Wednesday’s game tested both sides.

“It was a tough game, the contact was strong and it was good our team could get the win.

“We lost our first game in this tournament and we had to pick it up from there and we were able to make it all the way to the final.

Tualu hopes to run out onto the rugby field again in 2020.

“Hope so, if there’s an Open’s team for us,” he said.

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