The boys returned on Sunday disappointed after losing a game we felt we could have won. We are able to score three solid tries and play some attacking rugby but crucial turnovers and our inability to react quickly enough hurt us. While we continue to work hard on these, there were some welcome signs that we are heading in the right direction. As well as making 14 line breaks to the Canes’ seven, we also achieved 1234 run metres, with four of our backs each breaking the 100 metre mark. The game itself saw more running rugby than any other Super game this season, with the 1928 combined run metres of both teams the highest seen in any game so far, and our team tally of 1234 metres the highest of any team in a single game.
Thanks to some of our key Waratahs Rugby partners who made the journey across the ditch, accompanied by tour guides Berrick and Damien Fitzpatrick. It was nice to catch up post game for a chat. The team appreciates your support and understands how much you contribute, not only to our club, but also grassroots rugby and we appreciated the chance to pass this on to you.
This week gives the boys the opportunity to refresh some tired bodies and take their minds of rugby for a few days. Although a good few members of the squad will be playing club rugby, the majority will have the weekend off as the result of the bye. Some of the boys will even be heading to Manly beach with their boards to take on Kelly Slater and an all-star line up of surfers. Whilst I don’t think the boys expect to get close to matching the pros (especially not Drew anyway but I’m told Matty Lucas is pretty handy on a surfboard), it’s all for a great charity – Surfers Against Suicide – and I’m looking forward to getting out to watch them, it should be great entertainment! Then after Manly Beach, it’s some arvo rugby with my club, Sydney University, at home to Eastwood in the second round of the Shute Shield. If you’re planning on heading to Randwick on Saturday afternoon, Pattamatta’s game against the Galloping Greens should be a good one, with Taf looking forward to the chance to pull on his club colours again for the first time in a while. Also, joining Matt at Manly Oval, Cliffy Palu is expected to get a run for his club side too as they host West Harbour.
Whatever their plans for Saturday, I know the boys will enjoy at bit of down time because we are well aware of the month that awaits us. We’re gathering back together as a squad on Sunday in preparation for our Friday night game against the defending champions the Chiefs. The game will be another great challenge for the team and is shaping as a cracking home game for all our supporters. I encourage everybody to come to Allianz and catch the team before we head off on our two-week tour of South Africa. You’ve really made your presence felt at our home games so far and they don’t get any bigger than this one.
Bring it on!