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I remember this game where Riverton did not get one player in the Western team despite giving them a scare of their life????
Riverton players were not given higher honours despite their fine play against the very team that they could have represented.
The Riverton senior team gave Western a scare this year when they were playing a preseason game in time for Country Day. They fully extended the Western squad but did not end up getting one player in the team. It seemed strange as Riverton started strongly first playing into the sun and Western came out firing trying to run round the Riverton's backs but did not count on the strong. Terry for Western - first five - started well but a great move was soon foiled by G. Bailey. Another great movement finished with Smith scoring a well deserved try. Penalty kicked by H. Hunt missed.
Western kept up the pressure in the forwards and backs, and most of the moves directed by Terry. Meanwhile Riverton were just settling into their game and a burst from the 25 yd line saw J. Cleaver, (Riverton) even the score with a great try.
It seemed after this that Riverton would be on the back foot trying to combat the Western backs because both Terry and Barcley scored in quick time. At this stage the Western half-back, Hampton, was sending his backs away at every opportunity and thankful for the Riverton team, half time came.
Riverton came out with a different strategy in the second half and kept the Western backs at bay by playing the line, and kept driving upfield. Thanks to great hooking by A. Cleaver, Riverton won their fair share of the ball., but Riverton could not capitalise on this great skill. Soon after powerful forward, O'Connell scored for Western.. Hunt who had missed all previous attempts at conversions made no mistake and made the score 14-3 to Western.
Spurred on by the local crowd, Riverton finally decided to take over and the forwards played like the devil and began to attack throughout the rest of the game. Riverton carried the ball right up to the Western line where Fitzgerald passed under pressure, and unfortunately the pass went astray.
A five yd scrum resulted and D. Guise, who was playing the game of his life, opened up and shot through to score wide out. This then made the score Western 14 Riverton 6. Riverton kept forcing the play and from a ruck about the twenty - five, the ball passed through the backs where winger, D. Wills, scored in the corner. Western 14 Riverton 9.
Over zealous defence from Western forwards resulted in a penalty to Riverton and D. Wills made not mistake with the penalty. Western 14 - Riverton 12.
Western was again penalised soon after and Wills with confidence growing kicked the penalty which made the score Riverton 15- Western 14.
Western down by 1 point were making every effort to score and a scrum on the twenty five saw Riverton collapse the scrum and was penalised. Hunt the full back for Western made no mistake and the final score was Western 17- Riverton 15.