Late try sees Isis record its best win of whole season
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.
RUGBY UNION: Isis player Kale Kendle places the ball during the match against the Pythons.