Late try sees Isis record its best win of whole sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

Rugby cor­re­spon­dent The game fin­ished with Kale Hen­dle scor­ing a run­away try

ISIS en­tered the game last Fri­day with­out our strength from last week, with Jaron Phillips, Matt Maroney, Reilly Golchert, Justin Hosk­ing and Stephen Pick­ers­gill, just to name a few, miss­ing due to in­jury or work com­mit­ments.

Our bench was very much un­der­manned.

Coach Gary Maroney said they trained won­der­fully, like a pack of li­ons ready for a hunt – just hope we have enough li­ons.

Pythons had the ball for the first five min­utes, con­vert­ing a long-range penalty from 40m to go out to a 3-nil lead.

Isis then be­gan to con­trol the ball and ap­ply con­certed pres­sure on Pythons line.

A missed penalty and a dropped ball when a try seemed cer­tain still meant we had not con­verted field pres­sure to points.

We had a scrum 10m out from Pythons’ line which led to An­drew Golchert scor­ing.

Cap­tain Kale Hen­dle de­cided to re­place kick­ers and brought Heath Tis­dell on to kick.

Heath con­verted the try. Isis 7, Pythons 3.

Isis pro­vided fur­ther pres­sure to Pythons and we kicked an­other penalty. Isis 10, Pythons 3.

Pythons then flexed their strength with there backs to score. Isis 10, Pythons 8.

Then 10 min­utes to half-time, Jake Bauer was in­jured.

The led to a penalty. Isis 13, Pythons 8 at half-time.

By now Isis has no real bench left.

Early in the sec­ond half Pythons scored twice and missed con­ver­sions each time. Pythons 18, Isis 13.

The for­wards – Ethan Pip­pia, Sione, Ben Flem­ing, Te­vita, Daniel Con­nolly, Api­ata, Kal­lum Mor­gan and cen­te­nar­ian Brad Brighton were asked to dig deep.

Dig deep they did, with the for­ward mas­ter, Peter Van Rooyan, plung­ing over in the cor­ner.

With hushed breath, Heath Tis­dell kicked the con­ver­sion of the sea­son so far. Isis 20, Pythons 18.

The pace was fu­ri­ous the next five min­utes, and Pythons un­leashed their backs.

Our Isis lads, es­pe­cially Tom Green and Bren­dan Mor­ris, tack­led won­der­fully. A high­light was a tackle ef­fort by Man of the Match Maipa.

Spe­cial men­tion to Man Fri­day, Chris Royan, who played every­where and never let the boys down.

The game fin­ished with Kale Hen­dle scor­ing a run­away try and Heath con­vert­ing to win. Isis 27, Pythons 18.

It was Isis’ best win so far, but still not the best we can play. Plenty of hard train­ing this com­ing week to be ready for next week’s game against the Fal­cons.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN301015RUGBY6

RUGBY UNION: Isis player Kale Ken­dle places the ball dur­ing the match against the Pythons.

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