gio SCHOOLBOY CUP MATCH REPORT - ENDEAVOUR v ILLAWARRA
|Endeavour Fullback William Kennedy wins the " gio Most Trusted Player" award in the gio Schoolboy Cup match v Illawarra SHS at Shark Park (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
|gio Most Trusted Player Will Kennedy talks to nrl.com'a Nathan Beuman after the game (Photo : steve monty / OurFootyTeam.com)
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|ENDEAVOUR v ILLAWARRA
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Endeavour Sports High have started their GIO Cup title defence in style, handing Illawarra Sports High a hefty 38-10 loss at Remondis Stadium.
While Endeavour outscored their opponents eight tries to two, the scoreboard was not a true indication of how well Illawarra played, with home side scoring 28 of their 38 points in the first and last five minutes of the match.
Despite a lack of field position and an 8-3 penalty count stacked against them last Monday, Endeavour showed their class at times, breaking tackles at will in the first half, while both centres, Lachlan Hughes and Curtis Scott, bagged themselves a hat trick each.
Endeavour were firing from the opening whistle, with fullback and GIO Most Trusted player, William Kennedy, making a break with his sides first touch of the after, before putting Lachlan Hughes in for a try two tackles later.
Adam Keighran was unable to convert from 15 metres in from touch, leaving the score at 4-0 after just three minutes.
The home side were in again two minutes later, when Curtis Scott used his pace off the scrum to get around the defender and score untouched in the corner.
This time Keighran was able to convert from out wide, extending Endeavours lead out to 10-0 with eight minutes gone.
Illawarra managed to get one back in the 10th minute, when a Zaan Weatherall bomb forced an error at the back, before Kyle Hardie dived on the loose ball to draw his side to within four points following Weatherall’s conversion.
Just when it felt as though Illawarra was starting to build some pressure on Endeavour, Curtis Scott, the only remaining player from last year’s grand final, scored two more tries in three minutes to give the home side a 20-4 lead after 16 minutes.
A string of penalties had Endeavour on the back foot, before Illawarra’s right centre James Jagot took advantage of poor marker defence to score his sides second four pointer, and send the visitors into the sheds down 20-10.
While Illawarra Sports head coach, Brett Kelly, would have been happy to only be down by 10 points at half time, a try less than two minutes into the second half to William Kennedy certainly would have had his blood boiling.
For the next 20 minutes, poor discipline and loose carries allowed Illawarra to camp down in the Endeavour red zone, but poor last tackle options and strong goal line defence saw Illawarra leave empty handed.
A try to Reece Robson and a double to Lachlan Hughes in the final five minutes rounded out a sizable, all be it hard fought, 38-10 victory for last years champions.
Endeavour have two remaining pool matches against Erindale College and All Saints Maitland, which are both away from Remondis Stadium, while Illawarra will have to travel to Canberra for an opportunity to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.