June 30th 2022
Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
By Ron Wood
It’s a busy weekend for our Junior Rep players this week. They
will be participating in the NSWJRU Regional Carnival at Grantham Park, Seven
Hills. There will be a total of five Boys and four Girls Country Teams involved
over the weekend competing in a series of matches against Sydney based sides.
At the completion of the Carnival the final sides for the City V Country
matches will be selected for the weekend of July 31st in Bathurst. Good luck to
all our Illawarrior players, we should know the final squads by Wednesday next
week. The games can be seen on NSWRugby TV.
The Wallabies Home series of matches against England gets underway
this week in Perth. Coach Rennie has given two players their first Wallaby Caps
with Waratahs Hooker Dave Porecki and Brumbies Lock Cadeyrn Neville getting the
nod for their first International matches. Japan based trio Quade Cooper, Samu
Kerevi and Marika Koroibete have all made the starting lineup for the game in
which the Wallabies will start favorites. It will be good to see Kerevi and
young Len Ikitau together again in the centers. Kick off time is 7.55PM with
the match to be live on Stan.
The IDRU Women’s competition will kick off this week. Wollongong
University and Campbelltown get things underway at Wollongong Uni from 12.30PM
Saturday. Teams are also coming together from Avondale, Tech Waratahs and with
interest being shown from Shoalhaven now as well. Everything is moving in the
right direction and IDRU Women’s Director Amanda Puckerage is confident things
will continue to grow. For more information on how to get your team up and
running, contact Amanda Puckerage on 0408 685714.
In local rugby this week there is one change of day and time with
Vikings now hosting Avondale at Vikings Oval on Friday night with a 7.00PM kick
off. All other matches are currently set as programed with 3.00PM starts. Five
out of five for the Rogue last week so let’s see how we go this week. Vikings
got back on deck last week against Bowral and were in the game until their
condition let them down late in the match. Avondale had a hard one against
Shoalhaven who produced one of the best performances seen in these parts for
some time. With Vikings still having difficulties, The Wombats should be too
good for the Blueys here. Avondale to Win. Bowral and Kiama are both sitting in
the bottom half of the table but should put on a good match at Eridge Park. I
don’t think there will be much between the two sides but I’ll go for a win for
the home side. Bowral to Win. Shoalhaven really produced an entertaining
performance last week with a big win over Avondale. With Camden anchored to the
bottom of the table this could be another big score for the South Coast side.
Shoalhaven to Win. University has Campbelltown at Home at Wollongong
University. The students have some injury worries with some of their more
experienced players sitting out injured at the moment. Campbelltown can produce
some good football at times but consistency has been a problem for the Quinnies.
This week however I think they can get the points. Campbelltown to Win. Match
of the Round is between second placed Tech Waratahs and third placed Shamrocks
at Saunders Oval. Tech Tahs are a big powerful side who have only lost once to
Shoalhaven and deserve favoritism here. On the other hand Shamrocks have also
only lost once this year to Shoalhaven as well. Everything points to a close
encounter here but I think that Tech Tahs will prove too big and powerful for
their northern rivals. Tech Waratahs to Win.
4th July IDRU
Coaching Series – Andy Gibson: Team Defence, Structure & Skillset
6th July IDRU Coaching
Series – Sam Needs: Scrum
9th July IDRU Round
University V Tech Waratahs
9th July IDRU
Women’s Competition Round 2
V Tech Waratahs
31st July City
V Country Juniors. Bathurst
10th September IDRU Grand Final
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.