Match Report
Guildford Grammar School 1st XV vs  Trinity College
On: Thursday, 28 Jun 2018
Venue: at Home

1st XV Match Report vs Trinity College Home

Coming into this game, the squad was carrying a couple of injuries. Both captains, James Ford and Christopher Peters, had been side lined. But this just meant the next best can show his ability and secure his position in the team. Jack Slade, Tom Mascall-Browne and Ryan Tamby-Rajah all got call ups this week. For Tom Mascall-Browne his first start. Isaac Evans was rested at the request of the State Team, having made the final team who travel to Sydney early next week. Ethan Fullgrabe led the team and Frederick Cassell assisted him. Disappointingly, Trinity requested uncontested scrums, which nullified one of our major playing strengths.

The first fifteen minutes saw us not wanting to play, which got Trinity College’s tails up. Trinity kept the ball and scored two unanswered tries. After receiving a yellow card, our team had to shuffle around on the field but still was able to to find a way back into the game and up the field with some determined forward play. With Ethan Fullgrabe’s hard running he was able to drive through two defenders and dive over the line for a try. We worked the ball down the right, Nick Sheppard with his pace plus powerful leg drive got through three defenders and scored on the right wing, which Frederick Cassell successfully converted. Half time score 12-14.

In the second half, Trinity College was able to get on the score board first with a try. Then our forwards showed some grunt and were able to work up the field keeping the ball close. The forwards again got the ball by Trinity’s try line and with a few pick up and drives, we got closer. Nick Wright found a gap through their defence and was able to dive through and score. Frederick Cassell converted. The game was tied up. Trinity got the ball to their stepper and he was able to weave his way through and score. We came back and with a good chip through, Nick Sheppard’s chase rewarded him with a try under the posts. Frederick Cassell converted. The game was once again tied up. Nick Wright’s calf was cramping, which saw Ned Sullivan get on the field for his first 1st XV cap. With him on the field, this gave us a total of three Yr 10 players on the pitch. This should give us some experience in seasons to come.

Best forward, Ethan Fullgrabe. Apart from showing great leadership qualities, Ethan ran plenty of metres and defended as though he were a Trojan. Best back was Nick Sheppard, after collecting a knock to the leg early in the game, he stayed on, which rewarded him with two tries. Congratulations, goes to Frederick Cassell in receiving his 20th cap for the 1st XV and Ethan Fullgrade and Nicholas Wright receiving both their10th Caps for the 1st XV.

We have a two week break coming up and then a week of training and before we face league leaders Scotch College at Guildford. Over the last few years, Scotch has beaten us, but we have the advantage of playing at home and playing this game during the week. Back in 2011 Guildford was able to beat Scotch College 79-6. In 2014 they beat us 0-79.

Players and supporters, all have a safe break and we will see everyone in Term 3. Don’t forget your holiday training and keep each other active. See you on Tuesday 17th July at 15:30 at the Pavilion for training.


Mr J-L Watt