12th April, 2016
COLTS 1 WIN A THRILLER
Talented Argentine import Exe Olivieri opened the scoring for Bond when he came into the backline from the blind and burst through a flimsy tackle. Liam Longbottom made it 7-0. Sunnybank hit back immediately, working the ball to the blind to their big winger Motoriloloila, who raced over. Then their flyhalf kicked high and we allowed the ball to bounce. It came to their big prop, who ran 20m to score. 12-7 to Sunnybank.
The 2 Argies combined, with Exe tacked short of the line on the blind, but lively halfback Nick Sanguinetti touched down. Again Liam converted from the sideline. 14-12 to Bond.
We forged further ahead when speedy number 8 Cliff Otswald won the race to a loose ball in the in-goal. Again it was converted and Bond led 21-12, but a flood of silly penalties and no possession swung the momentum back to Sunnybank. Camped inside Bond’s quarter, they gave the ball to their try-scoring weapon, Moto, and he flew over for his second. At halftime it was the Dragons leading 24-21.
Running into the wind in the second half, it looked grim for Bond. Even grimmer when Brook Froggo got a yellow card. But Tekapo Tuaine made a brilliant 30m break and then scored under the posts after good work by Austin Campion and Liam Longbottom. Bond in front 28-24.
A Sunnybank forward got a yellow card for a professional foul and it was even-stevens at 14 men each.
A turnover by Sunnybank led to quick hands out to the left wing and they led 29-28. Their flyhalf was using the breeze cleverly, kicking for the corners and keeping us hemmed in. When the flying Moto got his third try, followed by a penalty, they led 37-28. A 9-point lead with only 10 minutes to play. But this Bond team has heaps of spirit and they never gave up. From inside his own quarter, Struan Robertson made a sensational run, shrugging off two tackles to score in the corner. “Dead-eye Dick” Longbottom kicked the conversion – his 5th in as many attempts – and we trailed 37-35.
With only a minute to go, and Sunnybank’s forwards tiring, the Bond forwards stormed upfield, the ball was swung out to the left wing and quickly recycled. From Longbottom it went onto Tuaine and he gave a perfect pass to tireless halfback, Nick Sanguinetti, who scored the match-winner. Liam missed the conversion but, with no time left, it didn’t matter. Bond retain their unbeaten record with an incredible 40-37 win. In a fabulous team effort none was better than Sanguinetti and Mitch Scott-Young.
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