7A Rugby win convincingly against Takapuna Grammar

7A Rugby Report – 30 June 2018

Vs Takapuna Grammar – Won 39 – 7

Tries: Freddie Forsythe (2), William Olde, Jack Elliott, Kia Patua, Myka Newman and Henry Kaye

Conversions: Harry Sinclair (2)

King’s 7A squad fronted up for their last Round Robin game of the competition against Takapuna Grammar on Takapuna’s No 1 field and ran away easy winners 39 – 7.

Playing on a fog covered field during the first half, it was difficult to see some of the finer detail but after some very good forward work it was only 4-minutes into the half when left wing Kia Patua finished off a good short-side move with some fabulous footwork and speed to score under the posts and this put the King’s side 7-points up when Harry Sinclair, who has settled well into his captain’s duties, raised the flags with an easy conversion.

It took only another three minutes for Jack Elliott, who had another outstanding day at halfback, to add King’s second try for the day and take the lead out to 12 points.

Great forward pressure, with Thomas Stewart, William Olde, Freddie Forsythe and Felix Moran reveling in their work soon allowed the King’s backline to add another try courtesy of centre Myka Newman.

As the fog started to lift, the forward pack continued to raise their game and after some sustained pressure and some great loose forward work by Charlie McKay, Freddie Forsythe added to his try tally for the season with another well-earned five points. Not to be outdone, his locking partner William Olde, finished off the first half with an outstanding bullocking run that took King’s out to a 27 – 0 lead. Both these locks are in outstanding form and their constant impact on the field is worthy of acknowledgement.

Great first half efforts were also recorded by Jack McKay, (who, with a constant supply of quality ball and clever variation in King’s back play allowed a positive backline to moving forward with sustained pressure); second five, Nick Tapper, who was solid throughout his 30-minute stint while right-wing Jack Willis was unlucky not to add to his tally – only being denied by a desperate ankle tap on his second flying foray. Myka Newman was again at his best as his earlier try attested.

The second half saw a major change to the backline – Kruz Scott moving into halfback, with William Crawford, Luke Swanepoel, Harry Kaveriri and Kolby Davis taking up the next four positions. Coming on fresh at halftime is never an easy task for a backline but to their credit, they quickly settled into their work and Takapuna spent the half trying desperately to defend their line against a different but just as antagonising backline.

In the forward pack, Corban Drake and Henry Kaye moved into their allotted loose forward positions and Henry Kaye soon ensured he was going to make an impact on the game with a well-deserved try just 7-minutes into the half. Converted by Harry Sinclair, King’s took a 34 – 0 lead.

As if to warn them against complacency, a loose ball was kicked through by the opposition and this was quickly gathered and saw Takapuna get a well-deserved converted try under the posts.

With just 10-minutes to go Freddie Forsythe again proved his worth with a second try after the forward pack had again raised its game. Despite being 32 points ahead, one of the most pleasing aspects was that the lessons of previous weeks appeared to have been learnt and at no stage did King’s let up the pressure they were exerting on the Takapuna side. Hopefully King’s efforts should have secured them a place in the Top Four when the competition resumes after the holidays.

King’s player of the day was Felix Moran who gave a solid 60 minutes in the tight while Takapuna justifiably awarded Freddie Forsythe their opposition player of the day.