With the sun defrosting the paddock, the Under 14s boys rolled out of bed nice and early to take on our arch nemeses - Wagga. Sleepy eyes and bed hair was quickly smoothed out when the boys hit the frosty deck as Wagga put the pressure on from the first whistle. A newly transformed Wagga side showed great strength at the breakdown, challenging our forward pack. Harrison Nowlan stepped up to the plate and held the fort, backed up by some gutsy ruck work from Violet Cavagnah. Wagga’s order of the day was the classic pick and drive which put our boy’s fitness to the test – Rory Mcgrath proved the extra laps were worth it and tackled continuously to keep the score line to a minimum. The solid work from the forwards allowed us to pull the ball away from Wagga’s forward pack and give our backs some breathing space which saw twinkle-toes Cooper Cross pass the try line. Pocket rocket Will “Fahza” Fahey scored most valuable player on ground with an outstanding effort in both attack and defence – running like a man on a mission, Will scored a hat trick of tries, backing it up with a number of try saving tackles to keep Wagga at a minimum. Charlie Sullivan moved into the centres this week, proving no position was a challenge, landing some great tackles and getting into the thick of it to help the Yabbies come away with a hard-fought win, edging out Wagga 31-10.
The boys were fired up to play the top of the table Leeton side with a fire in their belly and set the tone of the game right from the get go. Scoring within the first four minutes as Cooper Cross once again proved his injured thumb was no obstacle, palming off a player or three to cross the try line numerous times. Sam “Smithy” Smith took every chance to run the ball hard and fast in the forwards. Sam was supported well at the breakdown, with great rucking from Tom Burnett. Marty Mcgrath made a guest appearance in the forwards, packing into the side of the scrum as breakaway. Marty was rewarded with a try or two increasing the Yabbies lead to sting top of the table runners by 64-0.
The boys should be really proud of the level of rugby they played. A special thank you to Archie Dowling and Harry Nuthall for supporting our boys in the reserves jersey and using their holidays to help make up numbers.