Misses Hurt Corellas
Misses Hurt Corellas
A series of missed scoring opportunities in their opening match against the ACT has seen the NSW Country Corellas finish runners up at the Southern States Championships in Wagga Wagga over the weekend.
Their disappointing 12 – 0 loss to the ACT put the Corellas behind the eight ball, and despite a solid win in their second match over Victoria, it wasn’t enough to reclaim the Southern States Championship title.
The ACT match, as in past years, was a very tight and fiercely contested affair, but the Corellas missed a golden opportunity in the first half to take control when they failed to score after dominating possession and field position for the majority of the half.
During the half the ACT defended strongly, but the Corellas played into their hands by running one out, and turning the ball over with poor ball security and loose passing.
The second half was a complete turnaround, with the team from the national capital dominating all aspects of the play, but there was a difference, they took their two scoring opportunities to take out the match.
A fired up Corellas turned things around in the match against Victoria, and by half time had set up a handy 27 – 7 lead on the back of five solid tries. The second half saw the Corellas go on with the job and put on another twenty two points to run out comfortable winner 49 – 12.
Coach Michael Burgess was full of praise for his team which included ten debutants, who basically were introducing themselves to one another just prior to the first match. The nature of Country Rugby doesn’t allow for the luxury of training sessions like the other teams enjoy, so match play was a very important part of the development of the team.
The Corellas will now have two weeks off before they reassemble to play Sydney at Pittwater Rugby Park on Sunday, 23 April, before heading off to the National Championships on the Gold Coast in May.
Match 1: ACT 12 – NSW Country 0|
Match 2: ACT 50 – Victoria 12
Match 3: NSW Country 49 – Victoria 12