Teachers taught a lesson by Renegades
Renegades men’s team taught Teachers a lesson in the league as they secured an entertaining 35-19 victory at the weekend.
Renegades broke the deadlock as Jamie Baum dove in from five metres out. Paul Kelly missed the conversion.
Teachers levelled after a kick through by Niko Francis. Connor McGowan missed the conversion. A good counter attack then freed Teachers’ captain Aldo Campbell to score, with McGowan converting. Renegades fought back as Lewis Walsh crashed over the line, with Paul Kelly converting to the leave the score level at half-time.
From a line-out, Renegades capitalised on the space out wide, with Alex Brown cantering in for a converted try. Similar forward driving patterns created Renegades’ fourth bonus-point try with Alex Brown ghosting in.
Desperate measures by Teachers to counter the Renegades’ at line-out resulted in a penalty. Baum tapped quickly in for another unconverted try.
At 29-12, Teachers fought back with spectacular 80-metres counter, which led to Francis scoring his second try. However, Renegades earned two kickable penalties for Paul Kelly to extend their lead to 35-19 and win a well-fought match.
Elsewhere, Police and Mariners held a minute of silence for former Police player Paul Marsden, who collapsed and died while playing at the National Stadium in 2006.
Two mistakes handed Police’s Spencer Brown and Stephan Smith a tries. Jayde Albertze converted both efforts. Mariners responded with a try from Conor McGlynn, which Mikel Dill converted. Mariners’ prop Dustin Archibald was then given a straight red card for a jab to the ribs of Darren Richardson.
Mariners scored another try from Cameron Foote. However, Police’s back line proved too much with tries from captain Henry Johnson, Michael Halbert, Andrew Kemp and a second from Stephan Smith. Jayde Albertze converted four out of five, as Police won 38-12.
Meanwhile, Renegades women beat Teachers women 27-10, courtesy of tries from Jackie Oliver, Ashley Godek, Sarah Maybury and Maeve Dillon. Cerise Woodley scored Teachers’ tries.
Mariners women secured a 15-12 over Police women. Tries from Apryl Jackson, Nya Heyliger and Anthi Xipolia secured the win, with Jo Murray, Mika Tomita and a conversion from Fiona Donaldson, scoring the points for Police.