Match Report
The Southport School 1st XV vs  Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)
On: Saturday, 27 Jul 2019
Venue: Away

1st XV TSS 64 – ACGS 7

From the TSS kick-off, the ball was quickly regained and Hudson Myer received the ball to run 30 metres to score near the corner within 40 seconds. Hamish Roberts just missed the conversion as he did with two other tries and penalties, but landed two great ones from near the sideline. Churchie scored after 9 minutes from their traditional pick and drive, converted it but really only had a few other close efforts near the try line.

Because of a jaw injury at this time Jesse Grey left the field, Joe Devlin came onto the wing and Kaleb Ngamanu moved to inside centre. Soon after good phase play and quick hands from the backs saw Hamish dive over in the corner. A short backline move near the try line opened up a big gap for Kaleb to run through and score. After Joe fielded a Churchie clearing kick Syris Schmidt received the ball about 7 metres from the sideline, kicked it about 50 metres and wins the chase to score near the corner.

The forwards who were dominant in the scrum, followed through with effective pick and drives and George Nield ended up scoring. Dion Samuela had been delivering great clearing kicks and was also starting to show his footwork. At half-time the score was 31-7.

Early in the second half the forwards gained about 20 metres in a rolling maul but finally turned the ball over. Later a lineout near the try line, then pick and drives put George Blake over the line. More pressure gets Ngiyaani Waters over for another try next to the posts. By now and a little later, substitutions were being made, so 7 reserves played and later received hearty individual cheers in the dressing room for their efficient play.

More positive play in the attacking 22 gave Dion room to step a couple of defenders to score next to the posts. Not long afterwards Dion, the captain after Zane was rested, made a half break and the ball got to Alex Walker to dive over in the corner. After a Churchie turnover in their 22, Wilson Statham gave a nice cut-out pass to Hamish who gave an inside pass to Jojo Fifita who scored in the corner. Right on fulltime Dion made a 30 metres break, passed to Alex who was taken out just short of the line by a great covering tackle.

Coach’s points were, Syris Schmidt 1, Wilson Blyth 2 and Dion Samuela 3. Honourable mentions went to Ngiyaani Waters, George Nield, Marlon Jones and George Blake.