Walcha were back at home to host a rampaging Pirates outfit in a mouthwatering top of the table clash with both A grade sides undefeated in the competition and a Walcha reserve grade that has been playing some great rugby. Regies looked under pressure early and conceded a couple of early tries before some great rugby saw the boys launch back into the contest late in the first half. Despite assistant coach Dougs Elliot disallowing his own teams try, the boys were soon on the board and went into half time down 19-12. It was an arm wrestle in the second half before Pirates were able to score 2 tries to finish the game off. A really gallant effort from the Walcha boys and the side has now been building nicely towards what will be a very satisfying victory in the coming weeks. Best for Walcha was Jack King on debut for the Rams with 3 points, 2 points and players player went to Jock Fortescue and 1 point went to match stick McTavish.
The much anticipated matchup between the only two undefeated teams left in the competition started well for the Rams with some solid defence early however some very well directed tactical kicking from the Pirates backline saw them in solid field position and the weight of possession soon told with Walcha falling off some key one-on-one tackles to allow Pirates in for the opening try, which was soon followed up by another after Walcha was guilty of allowing a very large Pirates side too much front foot ball. There was more of the same in the rest of the first half and despite finally enjoying some quality possession and field position late in the half, we weren’t able to capitalise and Walcha went into the break trailing 26-0.
The second half was a far more even contest as the Pirates started to tire and Richard Young from fullback terrorised the Pirates forwards with some scintillating runs and was ably supported by his wingers Dom Bower and Jake Sherrin. Walcha were able to put plenty of pressure on throughout the half but got caught running too high on a number of occasions causing turn-over ball. Pirates scored two tries both off the back of penalties before Walcha finally opened their account through replacement half back Jack king finding a huge hole near the ruck. Two late tries, both length-of-the-field efforts against the run of play to Pirates saw the final score blow out to 50-5 to the bad guys. Walcha tried valiantly all game but the weight of possession and territory handed to the Pirates told in the end. Dicko Young was players player and got 3 points while Sandy Cameron picked up 2 and Henry King 1. Special mention to Jack King who in his first game in the red and white scored all tries for Walcha across the grades on the weekend. No nudie run for Jack this year. This weekend sees a zone bye before Walcha makes the trip to take on a revitalised Scone.