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    U18s Competition

    WA lads played two games over the weekend against the Rebels U18 (we won 45-0) and Brumbies U18 (we won 17-14). Top effort from those lads.

    I gather we did better against the Rebels U18s than the Reds 18s did. Think it was just the two games, so we don't play QLD or NSW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    WA lads played two games over the weekend against the Rebels U18 (we won 45-0) and Brumbies U18 (we won 17-14). Top effort from those lads.

    I gather we did better against the Rebels U18s than the Reds 18s did. Think it was just the two games, so we don't play QLD or NSW.
    Great results, shame we don't get to test ourselves against QLD or NSW, seems like a missed opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    WA lads played two games over the weekend against the Rebels U18 (we won 45-0) and Brumbies U18 (we won 17-14). Top effort from those lads.

    I gather we did better against the Rebels U18s than the Reds 18s did. Think it was just the two games, so we don't play QLD or NSW.
    Are these U18 games available to watch anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSJ View Post
    Are these U18 games available to watch anywhere?
    I can not say with any certainty. But give this a try.

    Cluch.tv

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    Quote Originally Posted by .X. View Post
    I can not say with any certainty. But give this a try.

    Cluch.tv
    I dont see those games in there. Mostly NSW based stuff.
    But thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSJ View Post
    I dont see those games in there. Mostly NSW based stuff.
    But thanks.
    try again in a couple of weeks.

    some times coverage is delayed.

    But I will ask around to participants I know - to see if they are aware of any coverage

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSJ View Post
    Are these U18 games available to watch anywhere?
    They are on joondalups YouTube page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MunisNZ View Post
    They are on joondalups YouTube page.
    Thanks Munis. Found them. I will watch both.

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    Wow, that Ryan McGloin the WA skipper at 13 looked fast and elusive in both games. (I assume it was him?)

    Nice to see the WA forwards get a classic Brumbie type lineout-rolling-maul try against the Brumbies. Then push them off the ball a few minutes later to win a scrum penalty a few minutes later. Well some real believe in the WA side to get a late try to win the game.

    Well deserved victories.

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    Yes, we definitely had it over the Brumbies physically. Ball control wasn't great on our end or else we'd have scored a few more.

    As well as our centres, I liked our 5.

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    Good to see positive moves by the Force on the recruiting front, but with the U18s doing so well, have to hope the pursuit of success doesn't impinge on ability to develop the local players. In particular that they have somewhere to develop their skills on the field, because they'll go somewhere they can if not. I wonder how many have multiple eligibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    Good to see positive moves by the Force on the recruiting front, but with the U18s doing so well, have to hope the pursuit of success doesn't impinge on ability to develop the local players. In particular that they have somewhere to develop their skills on the field, because they'll go somewhere they can if not. I wonder how many have multiple eligibility?
    I think the Force and RugbyWA have got to do both for the next 3-4 years. Ie Recruiting mature good players to make the Force competitive, while at the same time developing young local players through the age groups and Force academy.

    Last year I watched some of the WA age groups playing trials and doing squad training and I was very impressed with the RugbyWA coaching, effort and processes. Unfortunately because of Covid most of the interstate comps and tours were cancelled in 2021.
    However, one of the coaches commented that because WA was Covid free, we still had those trial games and coaching, whereas rugby in other states was pretty much shut down. So he thought we gained a year over the other states in the development process. Maybe the U18 team has just proved him right.

    If you think back to 2017, the Force had quite a few good local produced players in their team, but the all got shipped over Melbourne or elsewhere, when the RA axed the Force. So big set back for a few years.

    With Twiggy and others behind the Force and RugbyWA, we will be a rugby power one day.

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