Round 6 - Senior Match Report - by Kerry Smith
Round 6 Senior Match Report by Kerry Smith

B Grade

The killer B's were looking to keep their winning streak intact when taking on Uni Pirates. The game was an arm wrestle from start to finish with Palmerston looking slightly more effective when in possession but some last gasp defence and a few handling errors kept the score close all the way. Palmy scored first and held the 5 0 lead for 20 minutes until Uni managed an equaliser and then converted to grab the lead. Palmy scored a second very good try deep into the second half and looked set to hold a 10 7 score through to the end. That wasn't to be however as very late in the game a series of errors behind the try line allowed Uni to pounce on loose ball and take the win 12 10. Unfortunate for the B Grade players but hopefully this may turn into the loss that was needed to ensure the concentration remains right through to the final whistle.

Palmerston 10 University 12
Tries: Trent Keppel (1), Brendan Cathcart (1)

A Grade

The A grade game was a case of the good the bad the brave and the ugly. There were a number of players unavailable due to other commitments or injuries and so the A grade side had a lot of positional changes to contend with.

With no less than 5 players having played somewhere between 30 minutes and 80 minutes of the B grade game and coming off the field changing jerseys and heading straight out again, the resolve was to enjoy the football, concentrate on sound defence and attack through the centre and close to the ruck. After 15 minutes Palmerston not only looked like making a good fist of the game they were dominant across the park. The dominance and territory pressure resulted in a try to Rhys Hitchcock near the posts which was converted and Palmy held a 7 0 lead. Uni found a few cracks in the defence after the restart and by half time had put 3 tries on to lead at the break. Palmy were by no means out of the game however and the effort of so many players that had played a lot of rugby through the afternoon was nothing short of inspirational. I won't name names for fear of missing someone but everyone who took the field in A grade gutsed it out all game and left nothing in the tank. Once again I say if the players trained as a unit, solidly, for a few weeks and drew on the heart and guts shown on Saturday we would have a side challenging for the championship at the end of the year.

Palmerston 7 University 47
Tries: Rhys Hitchcock (1); Conversions: Kayne Clarke (1)