Monthly Archive for: "April, 2012"
WESTS 27 – NORTHS 11
Wests Roosters 27 (R Lepupa, S Baleitavuki tries, A Newson 5 pen, 1 con) Norths 11 (D Brundson try, Perry 2 pen) (Care of Dominion Post).
Best and fairest: 3 points: Scott Fuglistaller, Wests Roosters flanker, 2 points: Blade Thompson, Wests Roosters No8, 1 point: Rolagi Lepupa, Wests Roosters flanker.
The Wests Roosters threw the 2012 Swindale Shield wide open on Saturday by upsetting defending first round champions Northern United 27-11 at Ian Galloway Park.
What happened: Wests Roosters produced a gutsy team performance which dominated Northern United in almost every phase of the game. Bolstered by the return of Hurricanes openside flanker Scott Fuglistaller Wests played with an audacity and hunger that Norths failed to counter. Fuglistaller and livewire No8 Blade Thompson were influential in helping their forward pack gain ascendancy over the bigger Norths forwards. In the Wests backline, halfback Nalu Tuigamala was a powerhouse and Steve Johnson was incisive from fullback. Norths were not allowed to get their machine going at any stage and they will be gutted at their uncharacteristic lack of urgency.
The big play: Wests flanker Rolagi Lepupa scored close to the posts after great leadup work from the Wests forward pack. His try created a buffer for Wests that forced Norths into playing risky catch-up rugby that never paid off.
Star turn: Scott Fuglistaller played a talismanic role in leading a resurgent Wests outfit. His experience and overall workrate lifted a team that is steadily growing in confidence. Fuglistaller was at the forefront of everything with his intelligent all-round play.
OBU 10 WESTS 6
Old Boys University 10 (James Shaw try, Nick Cudby 1 con, 1 pen) Wests Roosters 6 (Andrew Newson 2 pen). HT: 10-0. (Care of Dominion Post).
Best and fairest: 3 points: Johnathon Fuimaono, OBU prop. 2 points: Nalu Tuigamala, Wests halfback. 1 point: Sam Blair, Wests flanker.
What happened: Two evenly matched teams produced a lacklustre game that only livened up in the last 10 minutes. Wests employed an expansive game plan that at times lacked accuracy and execution in the first half. It was from one of their many missed kicks that allowed OBU to score a well-taken team try to wing James Shaw. Although both backlines attempted to play with creativity, poor handling marred their endeavours. It was left to a set of hard working forward packs led by Sam Blair for Wests and Johnathon Fuimaono of OBU to decide the match.
The big play: Five minutes from halftime a missed touchfinder allowed OBU to counter from inside their own half. A rampaging run from Fuimaono eventually led to Shaw scoring under the posts.
West 7 HOBM 61
Wests Roosters 7 (Sam Blair try, Andrew Newson con) Hutt Old Boys Marist 61 (Glen Walters 2, Tupeni Kamakorewa 2, Opetera Peleseumae 2, Deon Carney, Simon Malaeulu, tries, Walters 6 con, 2 pen, dg) HT: 39-0 (Care of Dominion Post).
What happened: HOBM got off to the perfect start when second five Opetera Peleseumae used his pace to follow up a charge down from the kickoff and Wests never really recovered. With a noticeable size advantage up front the HOBM pack were dominant at set-piece and at the breakdown.Blindside Deon Carney charged around like a wrecking ball adding to the dogged work of openside Jason Risden at the breakdown where Wests were well beaten. Halfback Nick Risden had an armchair ride and simply fed a hungry back division.Peleseumae looks a player of some class, and the HOBM back-three Tupeni Kamakorewa, Taleta Tupuola and fullback Glen Walters had a field day. It was 27-0 in a heartbeat and when Wests fullback Josh Rauluni let two kicks bounce just before the break the rout was official. Wests halfback Nalu Tuigamala and prop Chris Eves were Wests' best.
The big play: There were plenty of pleasing long range tries to the backs, but prop Simon Malaeulu's near full time will have pleased HOBM most. It was built on a sustained build up, patience, ball retention and physicality. By the time he bulldozed to the line Wests were truly broken. HOBM will be tough to beat this season.
Star turn: Fullback Glen Walters scored in every way and did it with a touch of class to score 31 points. With pace, balance and a strong boot he had the smarts to utilise his two bit wings and ran off and around the strength of Kamakorewa and Tupuola to great effect.
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING with the new season kicking off this Saturday, 7 April 2012 for our Premiers and Senior 2s.
The Premiers start the Swindale Shield at the Cage with a huge game vs Ories, last years’ Jubilee Cup Champions (3pm). Head coach Jason Adamson and his assistant Katsu Takeuchi have the boys really bonding well and up for a big one – aiming convert their good preseason form into a famous upset. The full draw for the first round see can be viewed here>>. The Senior 2s also face Ories in the 1.15pm early game beforehand, so it’d be great to see as many friends and family supporting the Roosters as they kick-off their first games of the season!
Our remaining Rooster teams (Colts, Under 85kgs, Mixed Veges & Pressies) will have to wait another weekend for their opening games. There’s still time for late comers to join in, so if you are interested in dusting off those boots, please reply to this email or contact our Club Coaching Coordinator, John Furlong on 0272435525. COME ALONG AND GET INVOLVED!
Sponsorship/Supporters: This season the club has been fortunate to receive some invaluable support from several sponsors and partners. In particular, we would like express thanks to our naming sponsor Strait Freight, the Hotel Bristol, the New Zealand Institute of Sport, and our health partner TBI Physio. Special thanks also to our Premier jersey sponsors Newson Electrical, The Craftsman , John Leen Plumbing, Epic Holmes, Remax Leaders, Citizen Watches, Hotel Bristol, the Waterloo Bar and Grill, Rapid Earthworks, Laser Electrical, and Spotless.
JOBS! If anyone has an opportunity at their workplace or needs jobs done round work/home, we have a handful of Rooster players currently looking for employment (one-offs, part-time or full-tme). These guys are top individuals, reliable and hard-working, with drivers license etc. If you have something or know of any opportunity, please send us an email or ring Wayne Eathorne on 0274481701.