Kings Cross Steelers endure mixed weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 October 2018

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby season is now underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Kings Cross Steelers enjoyed mixed fortunes with a win and two defeats between their seconds, thirds and fourths this weekend.

The seconds sealed a comfortable 31-5 victory against East London thirds.

Coach Scott Marshal said: “Appalling conditions and driving rain set the scene for the derby clash between at Memorial Park.”

Play got underway with a series of strong drives form the East London pack. Leveraging their size advantage and the conditions to apply pressure to the KXS try line and scrum in the first 20 minutes.

Steelers absorbed the pressure and worked their way back up the pitch with a strong break by their hooker Ross Griffiths.

Outside centre Peter Szewcyk-Gould made his way under the posts for the first try a few phases later.

The conversion making the score 7-0 where it stayed until the second-half.

Two quick unconverted tries in the first ten minutes of the second half from Ben Coney Critchley’s fly-half breaks pushed the Steelers lead to 17-0.

East London hit back with an unconverted try at the 55 minute mark.

The score staying 17-5 until the last 15 minutes when the Steelers sustained pressure was rewarded with late tries to Jack Hughes and Tom Gorton-Clark.

The final score was 31-5.

Marshal added: “A great game considering the conditions.

“We always enjoy the spirit of our rivalry with East London.

“It is especially pleasing given the downpour to see 5 tries to our backs, built on the hard work of our pack.”

The thirds suffered a 25-19 defeat to Ravens in their match.

Thirds coach Bryan Verster said: “In what can only be described as apocalyptic weather conditions, this was a game that played to the opposition’s strengths.

“Big ball carriers up front and a large inside centre were responsible for all of the Ravens points in a wet and cold encounter.”

The Steelers applied themselves well and went ahead 7-0 with a good try under the posts from outside centre Brandon Labistour after only 10 minutes but the Ravens hit back shortly thereafter with an unconverted try of their own.

Some very scrappy play followed with countless scrums from knocked-on balls.

The Steelers held their own in the scrums and lineouts and won a number of turnover balls from excellent counter rucking but were unable to capitalise from this possession.

Our quick backline could not get any momentum in the conditions with lots of ball going to ground.

The Ravens scored again from a penalty using their big pack to carry the ball over the line but failing to convert. The Steelers made a good start to the second half with Tom Edgar breaking through in the backline and scoring a good individual try.

We failed to convert with the score now 10-12.

Again, the Ravens hit back with another try in the forwards from some sloppy defensive work from the Steelers taking them to 15-12.

This was followed by another push over try five minutes later and the Ravens had extended their lead to 20-12.

Mustering all they had in the tank the Steelers came alive in the final 20 minutes with some aggressive play up front resulting in a converted try by Sam Riggs.

20-19 the Ravens were leading with five minutes left on the clock.

The Steelers threw the kitchen sink at the opposition in those final minutes with Edgar nearly breaking again but it was not to be.

With a minute left to play the Ravens scored again with their big forwards but failed to convert.

The fourths suffered a 45-10 defeat to Footscray in their match.

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