Ruby Report – 27/4/19 – Walcha v Pirates (written by Dave Healey)
The writing was on the wall for a big day when Walcha fielded a 2nd grade with several players of 1st grade calibre and a host of reserves on the bench.
Walcha 2nds started slow with Pirates running in 3 tries in the first several minutes, before rampaging Richie “Rich” Hunt crossed the line. Walcha then showed a period of dominance going into the break at 19 all after 2nd grades Resident ranga James Ashleigh crossed the line. Pirates eventually got the wood on Walcha in the 2nd half with Walcha conceding 2 tries to 1. The final score was 39-24 to Pirates with Walcha’s remaining meat pies going to Wally Davidson and Tommy Wake. Points – 3 and Player player – Richie Hunt, 2 – James Ashleigh, and 1 – George Berry.
Walcha’s 1st grade took the reliance off a bench full of notable players and attacked Pirates from the get go.
Confidences and teamwork was evident as Walcha took control of the breakdown in the opening minutes quickly achieving a penalty, which Simon Newton knocked over the dot in typical style. It took just another 2 minutes before Walcha’s Tom “Buck-a-roo” Bucknell’s blue eyes twinkled as he crossed the line.
For the next 20 minutes Walcha’s forwarded walked all over the Pirates in every aspect of the game, the break down, the tackle and most excitingly the scrum, with Walcha’s Ross Fletcher and Lesley “Henry” Leslie, leading the eight-man dozer over the top of Pirates forwards again and again.
It was this dominance that set the platform for Walcha’s flying backs who were on song as they cut through the lacklustre defence. Having a field day’s off Newtons class act as playmaker was no other that Walcha’s 2017-18 pin-up, Deb and Ross’s prodigal son Patrick Keen, who joined Cordinding, Bower, Lesley Leslie, and Kamato dragon in first half tries.
Walcha’s Ram-page was soured 8 minutes before the half when Henry King sustained a fracture/ dislocationto his ankle going for the ball off the restart. Henry was a standout setting a platform for his team mates to continue.
Half time was called early with Walcha going into the break at 29-nil after only 32 minutes of play.
The Rams, started the second half with the same intensity, tainted only by 2 tries to Pirates whilst the rams adjusted to loss of Henry.
Getting on a roll again Walcha’s back’s took control of the final 30 minutes running in 4 more ties to seal a crowd pleasing victory and 80 minute thrashing of Pirates 14-65!
To view photos from the day – check out the news article from Walcha news: