Power, Precision & Duncan McIsaac’s proved too much for Wanneroo colts on Saturday.
Wanneroo made the short trip to HBF Arena, hopeful of a win against the brothers and square the ledger for the season. However, the day turned out to be a tough physical examination, administered from the brother’s dominate pack, and especially by both props.
Joondalup’s dominate players inspired by recent recruit Liam Walters at tighthead, who destroyed Wanneroo’s stability at scrum time which presented halfback Camron Ngatai the time and space to unleash the very skilful and speedy back line to test out Wanneroo’s defence.
The first opening minutes saw both teams gain good field position but neither side could really claim the upper hand however the pressure applied by Joondalup eventually led into points from ‘this sideline supporters’ Man of the Match Duncan McIsaac’s after sustained pressure from his fellow forwards, finishing with a pick & go for the 1st try from McIsaac.
From this point onwards the Colts team began to surpass their opposition. Wanneroo’s frustrations at the shear supremacy of the brother’s performance led to a sending off in the 17th minute. Captain & hooker Gabe Price utilised the numerical advantage and called for a training ground line out move which culminated in himself and Ruben Smuts linking up for Gabe to score a cheeky well deserved try in the 19th minute.
On the 26th minute their 3rd try came from power centre, George Peters after good interplay between backs and forwards with a magnificent last pass from Ngatai sending George into the corner. Only three minutes later McIsaac’s went over for his 2nd.
It was not long before brothers were on the attack again, with the next try containing everything – good handling, quick ruck ball and a sumptuous draw and pass. Allowing Harry Robertson to score just seconds before the halftime whistle ending the 1st half 31-0, with the addition of extra points coming from the boot of Connor Sharrock.
As is the colt’s way recently, their concentration lapsed during the break and not for the 1st time this season which allowed their opposition to regain some ascendancy, taking full advantage of this as they took the game to Joondalup, eventually going over for a try in the 8th minute.
This woke the team and their structure and line speed returned, following the 11th minute Dan Howard secured ball yet again from line out two phases later and with McIsaac’s at the head of the pod barged his way through a helpless Wanneroo defence for his 3rd.
Nevertheless, brothers were not done and in the 17th minute of the second half, dynamic winger Dieter Rass was rewarded of the efforts from a tremendous scrum win, providing quality handling from the double digits ending in the hands of Dieter accelerating away to score in the opposite corner (41-7). In the 26th minute “Beast” McIsaac’s went over again for his 4th of the afternoon again collecting the reward for sustained pressure from all on the field.
No more so than Josh Liebold, who Wanneroo could be forgiven for thinking we had 15 of him on the field, as yet again, Josh seemed to cover each blade of grass out there and as expected his defence was rock solid. The conversion attempt was gifted to McIsaac’s to end his day and elevate him to legend status, unfortunately just missing him another accolade for the day. The coveted Muppet shirt from a very happy coach.
The game came to a close with Wanneroo determined to leave with some respectability and worked their way into Joondalup’s 22 seeking out another score, with repeated pick and goes working their way to within inches of the try line. Joondalup were determined to hold them out and for what seemed like an eternity keeping them off the line, eventually the penalty was awarded to Joondalup. Only for Ngatai to cheekily put a cross field kick to Rass to counter attack but was bundled into touch ending the match 46-7 victors.
Quick mention and congratulations to several of our colts who were invited to be part of our 1st & 2nd XV teams well done for recognition of your capabilities.
1 . Camron Ngatai – benched/ played 1st XV.
2. Gabriel Price – benched/played 1st XV
3. George Peters – benched/played 1st XV
4. Ruben Smuts – benched/played 2nd XV
5.Connor Sharrock – benched /played 2nd XV
6. Dane Luitingh – benched/played 2nd XV