Undermanned sides drive Colts win
EVERY sport has peaks and troughs and unfortunately union is not exempt.
After last week’s under-18 game between Colts and Barbarians left spectators calling for more, the final week of the competition was an anti-climax as both Mount Morgan and Frenchville turned up to Rugby Park under strength.
In the end it was Colts that took the under-18 title by gaining more points than Barbarians.
Competition co-ordinator Wes Haberlein explained that it was different from the normal program with a point awarded to the winner of each half of each game.
With Barbarians losing the second half of their match against Frenchville, Colts were the winners.
Colts were expected to be given a contest against Mount Morgan, but that never happened.
Undermanned and undersized, the Mount Morgan boys were cannon fodder for their far more powerful opponents, whose physical attributes made them very hard to stop.
Colts coach David Hickey admitted Colts failed to carry out his instruction and post 100 points for the game.
They did come close, winning the one-sided encounter 71-0.
To its credit the 14-man Mount Morgan team kept plugging away, but with tries scored every couple of minutes the score just kept on blowing out.
Three tries to Dylan Tiaaleaiga was a highlight with the powerful youngster having a “sidestep” similar to Jonah Lomu, running through his would-be tacklers.
Dusty Chergwin at prop was an inspiration, often carrying the ball forward many metres with opposition players hanging off him.
His try was a gem as he cannoned into an upright, prompting fears for the stability of the posts rather than the player.
The big prop, who has played 200 games for Colts since joining as a six-year old, also kicked four out of five conversions.
Cheekiest try went to centre Denziel Mooney whose audacious dummy had the last defender in the Mount Morgan line grabbing thin air.
The Barbarians game was a little confusing as Frenchville had just nine players at kick-off time. That resulted in Colts players deputising to play back-to-back matches.
Barbarians won the game 15-14 through tries by Fraser Dunne, Ty Heatherington and Lachlan James, but the match was spoiled as a spectacle in the second half as the game turned spiteful.
- Next week in the under 14s it will be a Colts v Brothers final. On Saturday Frenchville finished its program with a 25-19 win over Central Highlands at Emerald.
The under-16s Central Highlands match with Frenchville went the way of the Emerald-based team 38-19 after Frenchville led 14-10 at the interval.
- Young Brahmans coach Jack Wright has held off naming his squad until the format for the 2010 competition has been determined today. He said the names would be released tomorrow.