13th July, 2015
GALLANT EFFORT IN VAIN
Nicky Turner led the boys onto the field for his 100th game with the club. Nuggety Nick has been a stalwart for the past 7 years with BURC and made the switch from hooker to prop this season, no easy task.
Against the competition leaders, the Bond boys had a point to prove and started like a well-oiled machine.
A well-executed series of pick and drives led to Josh Fuimaono powering over in the 10th minute and Luke Evans made it 7-0. Easts responded in kind – lock Greg Riley scoring after a similar move and it was 7-all when veteran flyhalf Matt Brandon converted.
Before the break Bond were in again, this time Cam Bracewell driving over the line and, at 12-7 Bond were looking in control.
A second try to the Club Captain made it 19-7 and an upset was on the cards. With Easts expecting a shot at goal, Nicky Turner cleverly took a quick tap and fed Cam, who scored his second try – his 4th in 3 games.
But Easts showed why they are premiership front-runners, coming back with a vengeance. After a dominant scrum, they worked the blind-side and big centre Matt Gordon was awarded a try. There was some confusion but, after consulting his touch judge, referee Matt O’Brien blew the whistle in confirmation. A magnificent sideline conversion by Brandon narrowed the margin to 5 points, 19-14.
The set piece has been the Achilles Heel of our team all season and Easts knew it. They opted for scrums whenever possible and a succession of collapses and penalties gave them a huge territorial advantage.
Nevertheless, Bond still scored again. With a delightful bit of Rugby, Luke Evans landed a box kick into open space and, following through at full speed, Brad Jones plucked the ball out of the hands of Easts’ fullback to race over under the posts. It was 26-14.
Another big scrum from the Tigers had Bond back-pedalling and alert halfback, Jack Mullins darted over from the scrum-base. 26-21.
A poor kick by Luke Evans saw Easts in possession in midfield and big centre Matt Gordon found a gap, sprinted 40 metres and was over. When Brandon’s angled conversion rebounded off the upright, local fans breathed a sigh of relief. It was 26-all. A draw against the Minor Premiers wouldn’t be too bad.
But, with just a few minutes left, poor discipline led to a string of penalties and, once again, the Tigers were camped in our 22. Another powerful scrum saw their flanker, Tyrell Barker peel off and race over, making the final score 31-26. Bond earned two bonus points for their four tries and finishing with 7, but there was a hollow feeling in the camp afterwards, knowing we had let them off the hook.
At the post-match function our young hooker Alex Mafi was named as Bond’s best, while their Man of the Match was tough prop Kirwan Sanday. Josh Fui presented the Batty Bremner Thomas Trophy to Easts captain Jack Mullins, who said that we had given Easts their toughest physical test of the season – a perfect way to go into the finals.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tim Brailsford complimented the whole club on their achievements. Having two teams out of four in the finals is way better than he had expected at the start of the season. Coach Sean Hedger echoed his sentiments, pointing out that we only had one team in finals last season and Premier Grade had improved their placing from 7th to 6th.
Our thanks to all our sponsors who have supported the club so well this year. We promise, with your help, we will just get better.
SEMI-FINALS AT BALLYMORE NEXT WEEKEND
Colts 1 11.55am Saturday 18th July Minor Semi-final
Premier Reserves 11.10am Sunday 19th July Major Semi-final
The boys need all the support they can get – see you there!
***Don’t forget the National Rugby Championship match at BURC on Sunday, 23rd August
Queensland Country v Melbourne Rising 3.30pm
The Bond University Rugby Club wish to thank our valuable 2017 Corporate PartnersAll Sponsors