Round 12 Senior Match Report - Kerry Smith

A Grade 
Palmerston 53 Swampdogs 3
Tries: Samuel Hess (1), Kevin Love (1),  Jay Jack (1), George Love (1), Anthony Smith (2), Garry Keppel (2), Daniel Jevdenijevic (1); Conversions: Jethro Yates (3), Anthony Smith (1).
 
The structured game pattern in both attack and defence has been progressing over recent weeks and the first half against Swampdogs was a very entertaining continuation. Rhys has directed the structure style extremely well and got the whole squad of A grade and B grade players onto the same plan which is really starting to show results on Saturdays.
 
The game against Swampdogs was clinical and well-structured with the guys tidying up and slowing possession until we had the players in the right places across the park and then punch it up through the forwards for between 2 to 4 phases before sending the ball through the backs. The pick and drive was exciting because finally there was a solid expectation that the ball would come back on our side and everyone gets to have a run with ball in hand. Palmerston worked hard for the first two tries but the set play dominance and the weight of possession and territory wore down an undermanned Swampdogs side. There were times when passes were delayed a fraction too long which put the receiving player under extra pressure but once that was discussed and corrected there was little doubt that a win was inevitable. One danger sign was the niggle and ill-discipline that started to creep in towards the end of the first half. 
 
The second half started where the Crocs had left off but discipline started to wane and players were getting caught up in rubbish that should have been left alone. After an unsettled period the guys got on top again and settled into some more entertaining rugby with some free running in the forwards and backs. Anthony Smith's second try of the game was the best move seen from the Crocs for at least the past two years. In a set move Chickenwing took an inside ball from a "no look ball into space" pass and he ran 25 meters to score under the posts before opposition players were aware where the ball was.
 
Players to have great games on the day included two new recruits Kevin and George, Jay Jack at flanker, Gareth Felton finished the game still bursting onto the ball and probably clocked up 100 meters or more with ball in hand over the 80 minutes. Brock had a solid game at half back with Anthony Smith, Chris Mead and Gary Keppel the best of the backs.
 
A special mention must go Dennis Bree who played half the game as hooker and must rate with some kind of age record for A grade games. When Dennis came on the scrum lost nothing and remained completely dominant for the whole game, and Dennis took a couple of hits that made more than few wince from the sidelines. Well done Dennis!
 
B Grade had the bye.

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