Junior Touch Dominating Posted on November 6, 2018 (November 20, 2018) by amclaren With only seven players, due to Y10 camp and injuries or representative commitments to four key players, the King’s College Junior Touch team survived exceptionally well in today’s double round of games and retain their position at the top of the South Auckland Touch ladder. In our first game against the Otahuhu 2nd team we struggled to dominate, possibly trying to avoid exhaustion and slow the game up unnecessarily. When the boys avoided contact and passed before contact, they invariably scored. The only defensive error was a loose pass leading to an intercept and the sole opposition try. The 9-1 scoreline was well down on the last time we played this team. The game against the Otahuhu 1st team was always going to be a tough ask. It was therefore a complete surprise with the dominance shown to win 8-1. The players were required to play constantly out of position to cover the fatigue of only having one substitute, with little negative impact on the style and quaility of play. Under the coaching guidance of Tinirau Rairi and the injured Chicago Doyle, the team finally found it’s straps and played an expansive passing game. The key midfield players of Maikel Tuala, Jack Elliot, Harry Kaveriri and Francis Manulelua controlled the play and ensured aggressive go forward. Manulelua scored a number of tries, excelling in the ability to dive under the touching opposition close to the try-line. Jarius Iosefa and Harry Lethbridge-Ralph continued to develop, with Iosefa scoring some lovely tries on the outside drift. Sio Vaolupe proved deadly on the wing with his incredible pace, and Joshua Schaaf on the other wing continues to develop, especially in his excellent defensive play. We welcome some key players back from camp this Friday, with Budda Doyle, Che Clarke, Senio Pulega and Stacey Numanga joining the team for next weeks games.