Rugby v Knox Grammar School

Rugby v Knox Grammar School

Saturday, 5 June 2021 | Results.

A tough day of results for Trinity against CAS rivals, Knox, with just three victories across the 15 matches that took place. There were some bright points on the day, with both the 13A and 15A sides securing victories and the 14A side falling just short, after Knox scored following the final siren. The 14Cs were also very impressive in their outing. With the long weekend ahead, and the school holidays looming, rugby at Trinity will slow down. Our next fixture will be against Cranbrook is in Week 1 of Term 3 (17 July).  

1st XV36 – 66  15C14 – 20
2nd XV0 – 6214A14 – 17   
3rd XV0 – 3114B7 – 62  
4th XV12 – 2214C63 – 17  
16A0 – 6713A20 – 12
16B0 – 29   13B10 – 22   
15A20 – 0   13C24 – 29  
15B24 – 27  

Team of the Week.

Despite the limited success across all teams, there were several very impressive performances across the board. This week’s team is:

  1. Darren Ho (8WH) – 14B
  2. Anton Dimento (9WJ) – 15C
  3. Will Blanchfield (12HO) – 2nd XV
  4. Ari Nikolakopoulos (11YO) – 3rd XV
  5. Hugo Van Hal (9MU) – 15A
  6. Luke Niulala (8ST) – 14A
  7. Taj Young (7WE) – 13A
  8. Jack Thompson (8ST) – 14C
  9. Ayman Kassem (7WH) – 13C
  10. Oliver Askew (10WE) – 16A
  11. George Nicholas (10WJ) – 16B
  12. Liam Clayton (11FO) – 4th XV
  13. Dawson Williams (9WJ) – 15B
  14. Charles Williams (9LA) – 15A
  15. Dominic Feros (11WJ) – 1st XV

Leading Try Scorers & Point Scorers.

Try ScorersPoint Scorers
14Max Meagher 9HI Zachariah Alshehabi 9DU98Zachariah Alshehabi 9DU
13Christian Henriques 9HE89Ashton Frazer 9MU
12Austin Daher 8KE70Max Meagher 9HI
11Jozeff Cluff 7AR Mitchell Chen 10AR Sam Niulala 10ST65Christian Henriques 9HE
10Theo Kidd 12WJ62Austin Daher 8KE
8Olly White 12FO59Jozeff Cluff 7AR

Representative Selections.

Congratulations to the following members of the 1st XV who have been selected in the CAS Opens Rugby Teams.

  • CAS 1st XV
    • Olly White 12FO
  • CAS 2nd XV
    • Theo Kidd 12WJ
    • Hunter Hannaford 12DU
    • Kai Roberts 12LA

Congratulations also go to the following boys who were selected in the CAS Under 16s squad. They will now attend a trial day before the squad is narrowed down to a final team for games next week.

  • Paulo Tauiliili-Pelesasa 11HE
  • Alisi Leao 11MU
  • Kian Edmed 11FO
  • Orly Hatton-Ward 10SC
  • Lucas Young 10YO
  • Sam Niulala 10ST
  • Max Meagher 9HI

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Mick Snowden | Director of Rugby

1st XV Match Report

If you told me on Saturday morning that the 1st XV would score 36 points in their clash against Knox, I would have smiled thinking that we finished the day with a win. Unfortunately, the 36 points we scored were offset by our worst defensive performance in some time as we allowed Knox to cross the line for ten tries and an eventual 30-point victory.

The game started perfectly for Trinity; we took control of the kick-off and worked our way upfield via some strong carries and smart kicking from Orly Hatton-Ward (10SC). After some sustained attack, Trinity had Knox pinned deep in their own territory. When Knox chanced their arm once too often Olly White (12FO) intercepted a pass and crossed next to the uprights to give Trinity an early 7-0 lead.

From here, Knox would dominate the next 25 minutes of play, utilising their powerful forward pack to continually bend the Trinity defensive line before providing their backline with myriad of attacking opportunities. In almost a blink of the eye we had fallen behind 24-7, and with half time rapidly approaching, Trinity needed to get back into the game. Like clockwork, Hunter Hannaford (12DU) took control and provided eventual Man of the Match Dominic Feros (11WJ) with the opportunity to beat multiple defenders. Eventually Tyson Jackson (12FO) crashed over, and after Hunter added the conversion and a penalty, we would head into the half time break down 24-17.

The second half began much the same as the first, with Trinity controlling territory and camping themselves deep into the Knox half. Unfortunately, an error at lineout time when we were just five metres from the Knox line would commence a frenetic 7-minute period where Knox would cross for four tries. The two long range efforts, another from close, and finally an intercept, would see Trinity fall behind 52 – 17.

Thankfully, the boys in green and white regrouped and continued to fight until the final whistle, with Olly White crossing for his second try after some solid lead up play from Alisi Leao (11MU). A long-range special from Theo Kidd (12WJ) and a penalty try allowed Trinity to close the gap, but another try to Knox as the final whistle sounded would see Knox secure the game.

Final Score: Trinity 36 defeated by Knox 66

Tries: Olly White (2), Theo Kidd (1), Tyson Jackson (1), Penalty Try (1)

Conversions: Hunter Hannaford (3)

Penalties: Hunter Hannaford (1)

Mr. Snowden and Mr. Pay | 1st XV Coaches)

2nd XV Report

The 2nd XV had a tough match against Knox in Round 2 of the CAS competition. A number of injuries in both the 1st XV and 2nd XV saw multiple changes in positions with Jake Varone (11He) and Riley Martin (11We) being promoted to the 1st XV. Knox’s backline shone in the first half, showcasing their skilful mastery in linking their plays and scoring 50 unanswered points. After some stern words by the coaches at half-time, the 2nd XV demonstrated their real capacity by keeping Knox to only 12-points. Will Blanchfield (12Ho) led the forward pack into the physical battle while Sam Hohne (12Ke) controlled the set piece. In snippets, the 2nd XV look the goods and will need to work on building their good snippets for longer periods in the last three rounds of CAS.

Final Score: Trinity 0 defeated by Knox 62

Mr. Kearsley and Mr. Ikeuchi (2nd XV Coaches)

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