Bond University Rugby Club

PREMIER RESERVES LOSE A CLOSE ONE

12th April, 2016

In a top of the table clash, Sunnybank ran the ball from their own line to score the first try, with brilliant backline handling.  Then their forwards showed power and precision in scoring from a pick and drive.  Things didn’t look good for Bond, down 12-0.  

But it got even worse.  Bond won a scrum, it wheeled and their flanker picked up the loose ball and scooted 30m to score.  17-0 and we hadn’t fired a shot.   But Bond hit back through forward power.  We won 3 scrums in a row and got 2 penalties.  With Sunnybank on the back foot, Vinnie Quigley took a quick tap and raced towards the corner, slipping the ball to reliable flyhalf Dion Taumata, who scored.   Adam Gauder landed the angled conversion and the fightback had begun – down 17-7 at halftime. 

In the second half, scrum dominance led to a wealth of possession and pressure on the Dragons’ defence.  It cracked and Robbie Moe got the try.  Adam Gauder converted and then landed a penalty to level the scores, 17-all.  A Sunnybank penalty made it 20-17. 

Dynamic halfback Vinnie Quigley was having a blinder, using his speed off the mark to run around the lumbering Dragons forwards. But, racing through after a quick tap penalty, he was caught from the side in a bone-crunching tackle.  It looked suspiciously high and Vinnie went off for a concussion check, but no action was taken.     While he was absent Sunnybank’s big number 8 scored a try off the back of a scrum, beating 3 tackles to wrap up the match.  Final score Sunnybank 25  Bond 17.   In a beaten side Vinnie Quigley and Josh Taylor were outstanding.   

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