Walcha vs Quirindi rd 13 – written by Henry King
Walcha travelled to Quirindi a few men short after a bruising encounter with Pirates the previous week. Every player needed to step up and step up they did. Reggies were asked a lot of questions by Quirindi, particularly in the first half but they were able to answer and despite it not being their best half of football, they went into the break at 14-all. Angus Davidson was relishing the starting role and looking to show up his brother Wally but Wal was happy to continue scoring tries and kicking goals at will. Brothers Tom and Jack Wake also took to the field for the first time together in 2019 and put some great tackles on between them. Barry Hoy was getting nervous when Crawf started to call on the A grade front rowers to give him a leg up in the scrums as Sam Colwell and Mike Whitton had cameo’s off the bench and it appeared to be all that the reggies needed as the second half sparked an avalanche of points and they were able to run away with it 42-14 through 4 unanswered second half tries. An important win for reggies to consolidate their position in the top 4 looking towards Moree this weekend. Best for Walcha were Angus Davidson with 3 points and players player, Wally Davidson with 2 points and Troy Yarnold and Tom Wake shared 1 point.
A Grade started well with plenty of ball but Quirindi were up for the game and made life hard for Walcha. Eventually a blind side play from Thor Crombie saw Ed Cordingley open the scoring down the left touchline. Sione Kamoto was able to break through shortly after for his 7th try against Quirindi this season and Richie Hunt who was eating metres like he’d skipped breakfast and lunch scored from a ruck to take the score to 19-3 in Walcha’s favour. Quirindi did manage to score a try against the run of play but before the half, Walcha’s scrum were rewarded with a penalty try after some strong shoves from the red and white.
Half time was about remaining patient and playing direct rugby to keep the pressure on and the second half delivered just that. Dom Bower was strong in his first game in the 10 jersey, surely tripling his seasons tackle count and the forwards laid a great platform, led by a big scrummaging game from the tight five. Doubles to Thor Crombie and Jacob Sherrin as well as tries from Charlie Keen and Dom Bower saw the scoreline roll out to 62-17 with one final kick to come and Rossco Fletcher’s dreams came true as he was called on to line up the final conversion just to the right of the posts. With the grace and poise of a bulldozer, he danced in and struck the ball sweetly, sending it sailing off to the right of the posts and was awarded no points although some thought he deserved better. Best for the Rams were Richie Hunt with 3 points and players player, 2 points to Dom Bower and 1 to Sam Colwell.
This weekend sees a huge clash with Walcha hosting Moree in a top of the table clash in A grade and reggies looking to knock off top of the ladder for the second time in a couple of weeks on Sponsors day. We look forward to giving Moree a nice icy reception with plenty of Red and White on the sidelines.