Tamworth vs Inverell Match Report
Tamworth traveled to Inverell for the first match of the season with the added handicap of the unavailability of 16 senior players. This affected the composition of the team as well as the set pieces and organisation in general play.
Congratulations to two juniors in Dom Sills and Cooper Thompson who made their first-grade debuts in this game. Other players in their first game for the Magpies were flanker Alex Newmarch and half Henry Noble.
Right from the kick Inverell were organised and had good intensity putting the Magpies under pressure with ball retention and had width on their game. This resulted in two early converted tries before the crowd had settled in their seats.
From then on they were relentless in attack especially when poor clearing kicks under pressure allowed the fullback Dylan Lewis into the game- he scored 3 tries.
Tamworth finally got some possession later in the half but could not hold it long enough to break Inverell down in defence. Finally, Patrick Strong went over to break the duck. The Magpies then launched some attacking raids and were unlucky no to score when the last pass to Luke Klassen went astray.
Some stern words from the coaching staff and fresh legs lifted the team in the second stanza and they were rewarded with a try to Ryan Hanrahan. Cooper Thompson also made a strong bust and toed the ball through in a 50 metre burst but unfortunately the last bounce was cruel and he missed a try.
Scrum and lineout were not as effective enough to give a flow of possession and Inverell pilled on the points to win 48 – 12.
Spirited efforts from captain Jim Bracken, Jack Barker and Kieran McHugh who were gallant in defeat.
First round away trip to Inverell is a tough start to the season but coupled with the unavailability of 16 players made it even harder. Fortunately, Saxon Whipper came up to give us a one man bench. Eight players were making their competitive debut for us including Kevin Oszinski and Alex Creswell playing their first game of rugby.
Inverell were also struggling for numbers and as a result requested depowered scrums.
From the kick, Inverell had the great majority of the ball for the first 15 minutes of the match and only resolute defence by the Magpies kept the scoring to a lone penalty goal 0-3. The defensive effort was led by back rowers Ethan Dickie and Ryan Hanrahan plus centre Isaac Woodbury. Gradually we managed to get some possession and began asking question of the Inverell defence with Blake Clout running back kicks strongly and Isaac Woodbury proving a handful in the centres with strong straight running.
On the stroke of halftime big winger Matt Smith crossed out wide for an unconverted try. 5-3
The player were buoyant at oranges and determined to finish the game in style.
Early pressure from good long kick and chase with Ben Roughley controlling from 10 and Charles Sherwood with Jamieson Murphy chasing gave the Magpies good field position. Isaac Woodbury then burst through for a converted try followed closely by a penalty goal. 15-3.
Inverell got a roll on through good pick and go to score and narrow the gap, 15-8.
The Magpies worked hard in the pigs with big Jason Burgess making charges around the breakdown. Finally, Saxon Whipper scored a 50 metre try to seal the game 22-8. Inverell scored a late consolation try 22-13.
Best and Fairest 3 Isaac Woodbury 2 Ethan Dickie 1 Jason Burgess and Ben Roughley.