The Convicts showed stunning form in their Saturday match against Petersham, putting them in good stead for the upcoming World Cup in Dublin.

It was set to be a gruelling match for both sides right from kick-off as the Convicts drove the Petersham boys deep into enemy territory.

Despite a few initial errors, the Convicts managed to score their first try within the first 15 minutes of the game thanks to a stunning solo run from James Saunders, who managed to cross the line in spite of two opposition players dogging him the entire way.

Spurring a more brutal attack from Petersham the Convicts were forced into defence mode. Spreading their players a bit thin, their wall showed cracks which threatened to open at any time. In spite of the repeated drives to the Convicts’ line, they managed to continue surging forward and maintain their meagre lead. With sheer willpower and by switching to a scrambled defence, the Convicts managed to hold out. Keeping it together, the team managed to push the ball back without the scoreboard ever being troubled.

Adopting some new philosophies, the Convicts played a fast attacking game for the rest of the match.

I’m so stoked that the boys were able to take things we did in training and bring them to the game, the Convicts’ head coach said.

Suffering some minor injuries along the way the Convicts left the field with a well-deserved win of 21-0.

I’m happy we kept them to nil. We’re going to need to play tough like that in Dublin, Convicts captain Charlie Winn said.

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