The ball didn’t quite bounce our way….
It wasn’t quite our day on a rather still and fresh Maidstone Park in the depths of the Hutt on a boggy track.
In front of a quality supporter’s base for both sides, the Upper Hutt Rams prevailed in a pivotal Hardham Cup tie which now sees them nearly a certainty to take the Cup home.
Our boys ran right to left in the first half with a slight assisting breeze and I think our boys may have fizzed up more so at the start of the warm up and not so at the start of this game. The Rams came out with a hiss and a roar scoring two tries to lead 12-0 after only 10 minutes or so.
We then started to gain some composure and understand the task at hand and ground our way back into the game. On the back of some quality forward play we found ourselves down in the corner. Off the line out we found the Rams defence wanting and was able to drive through for a nicely worked try from a maul to Marcus Ale. Kicking was a tough ask once things got boggy out there and the ball must have weighed a ton so any wide kicks were a challenge. We were down 5-12 mid way through the half.
After another good period of play we found ourselves on their line and after repeated efforts at the line we were rewarded with a number of penalties in their 22m zone. After some resolute defence by the Rams we made the call to take a penalty in front and reduce the deficit to 4, 8-12. This was the score into the break and our faithful certainly felt better compared with only 10 minutes in!
It was all on in the second half and after some early territory we found ourselves hot on attack and sniffing points. We had a lineout in their 22m and unfortunately the bounce of the ball fell to their flying openside flanker Mitch Markov who streaked around 80m to get very close showing a clean pair of heels. Romu Senileba made a try saver at the time, however it was too much and they were able to spread the ball and convert in the other corner. This was the momentum shift we didn’t need!
The Rams were able to score another try mid-way through the half to make it really tough for us to come back! At the time it was 24-8 and that included 4 tries to their side amassing yet another bonus point.
Late in the piece we showed some quality grit and were able to put on a well worked try to the young Oakley Edmonds off some great backline play. He wasn’t able to convert his own try with Tiwi Davies down injured. 13-24. Time was fast running out and if we had any chance of a comeback we were unable to finish off a nice blindside play which looked very promising!
It ended there…..Woodridge Homes Johnsonville 13 Upper Hutt Rams 24.
Let’s quickly crunch some numbers (even with two winnable games still to come);
- Total wins in 2017: 8 (2016: 1)
- Total points for in 2017: 410 (2016: 254)
- Total tries in 2017: 57 (2016: 35)
These are telling stats so let’s take some time to reflect on a very much improved year and be committed to making further progress in 2018 not only at Premier level but across the other sides!
Fixtures & Results
|10 Jun, 2:45 pm||A||Paremata-Plimmerton||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||15 - 48|
|17 Jun, 2:45 pm||H||Poneke||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||27 - 14|
|24 Jun, 2:45 pm||H||Avalon||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||25 - 19|
|01 Jul, 2:15 pm||A||Wellington Axemen||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||5 - 17|
|08 Jul, 2:45 pm||H||Upper Hutt Rams||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||28 - 26|
|15 Jul, 2:45 pm||A||Avalon||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||19 - 22|
|22 Jul, 2:45 pm||A||Poneke||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||15 - 15|
|29 Jul, 2:45 pm||A||Upper Hutt Rams||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||24 - 13|
|05 Aug, 2:45 pm||H||Wellington Axemen||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||33 - 26|
|12 Aug, 2:45 pm||H||Paremata-Plimmerton||2017 Hardham Cup Premier 2||41 - 09|
Our Quay Marine Premier Reserves showed real fight in the earlier game to go down 19-48 to a hot Rams Reserves side! They are 8 from 8 and flogged their opposition by nearly 100 last week.
The Superloans Under 85’s couldn’t quite get things in order so defaulted to Wellington!
The Superloans Cripples won their 13th straight game beating the Stokes Valley Rhinos by 29 points to 7! Their side was unbeaten in the 2nd round and they came out firing starving us of possession in the 1st 15 mins and taking a deserved early lead. We weathered their storm and were able to build pressure and scored 29 unanswered points for the win. We are now 4 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Avalon and playing for a home semi-final in two weeks’ time. (Report courtesy of Richard ‘Noff’ Eckhoff)
Social Event – 5 August 2017
The Social Committee will be holding a social event (sport / games night) on Saturday the 5th of August.
The Club has successfully won the hosting rights of the 2017 Presidents Day on 19 August and matches will be played at Helston, Newlands and possibly the Colleges.
More details to follow!
This Week’s Games:
Given we have a couple of home games to finish off the season, it would be great to see as many sponsors and supporters as possible up at the Club for these games. There is certainly a lot to be proud of in terms of the improved year we have had and also plenty to look forward to with the Cripples finals!
Saturday – 05/08/17
Quay Marine Johnsonville ‘Reserves’ vs Wellington Axemen
1.00pm Helston Park
Hardham Cup :
Woodridge Homes Johnsonville Hawks vs Wellington Axemen
2.45pm Helston Park
We have a host of new sponsors aboard for 2017 so please support them — and existing sponsors of course — because without them we would be struggling to operate:
Woodridge Homes, Quay Marine, Superloans, Tracer Construction, Mitre 10 Crofton Downs, Perry Barber Carpenters, Wasabi Air, FIL Ltd.
1841 Bar and restaurant,Harcourts,Motordoctors,Affordable Autos,Hashtag Electrical,Mr Green,Auto Buff n Touch,Thomas Legge Floor Sanding,New World Churton Park,New World Newlands,Blair Hannah,All Square Construction Ltd,CDR Electrical,John Myers Plumbing,Super Liquor,Cobra Drain Cleaners,Johnsonville Panel Beaters,Young Motors,Colin’s Water Delivery,Kakariki Proteins,Fairview Aluminium,Ecomist,Kiwi Trophies,Robyn Cutting,Eyon Promotions,LJ Auto Electrical,Bob Tait,Jesters Pies,All Glass and Glazing, Johnsonville TAB , Wellington Seamarkets.
Support Mitre 10, Crofton Downs:
An account has been opened in the name of Johnsonville Rugby Club, code 1122, at Mitre 10 Crofton Downs. When making purchases, tell them you are from Johnsonville Rugby Club and give the code for discounts.
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