After a hard weekend down the Bay last weekend, the Redbacks hosted a strong Yass outfit on a wet day at Braidwood on Saturday June 2.
Without the in-form back Harry Shoemark and inspirational hooker Buzz McGloan, the Redbacks started the game with some good controlled ball up the middle and spent the first 10 minutes camped in the Rams’ half of the field.
A couple of simple mistakes and a bad 10 minute period halfway through the first half allowed the Rams some much needed ball and subsequently scored two quick tries to rush out to a 10-0 lead.
Just before half time the Redbacks gave away a penalty in front of the posts allowing Yass to take a 13-0 lead into the half-time break.
The Redbacks’ mood at halftime was very upbeat as their first half performance was solid and knew they were still in this match.
The Redbacks came out in the second half with renewed vigor and were rewarded after centre Lawrence Rea showed some brilliant footwork and crashed over for a try that was converted by Ben Howard, which brought the score to 13-7.
The Redbacks continued to attack for the next 10 minutes but were unable to turn good field position into points.
As the half went on the Redbacks’ fitness started to deteriorate in the wet and Yass were able to cross over for three quick tries that took the final score to 32-7.
After the game coach Nick Kemp highlighted a number of pleasing aspects being the Redbacks’ scrum, more cohesion in the backs and their drive and ability to never give up.
This was evident as the Redbacks’ attacked the Rams’ line for the last five minutes of the game.
Kemp believes that with better fitness across the team more tries will come.
With the bye next weekend, Kempy says his training sessions will be focusing on fitness in preparation for Saturday week’s home game against Boorowa.
The Redbacks gave a huge thanks goes to the local crowd who braved the weather to cheer the team on.
Three points went to Lawrence Rea, two points Nathan Moffitt and one point Robbie Bell. Players’ Player went to Lawrence with Chicks’ Pick the ruggedly handsome Nathan Moffitt.
The Redbacks held their first wood raffle of the season with trailer load of prime Araluen Redgum going to Warren Barr.
The club thanked to all in Braidwood who bought tickets and to Laura King and the Redbacks players who braved the cold to sit in the main street and sold the tickets.
They also thanked to the Braidwood IGA who are donating a “body warming item” to raffle off at each home game.
As usual a special call out went to all the great businesses around town that provide vital sponsorship in ensuring the success of the Redbacks.