Bond University Rugby Club

SCRUM PROBLEMS CONTINUE FOR PREMIER GRADE

30th November, 1999

In Premier Grade, Bond started well and T.J.Siakasini scored the first try of the game after a series of pick and drives.  With 5 changes to the run-on side, the early signs were good.  Referee Brett Cronin even awarded us a scrum penalty – a rare sight this season for our team.

But the pace of Reds winger Junior Laloifi saw the Dragons hit back and lead 10-7.  The powerful Dragons scrum forced several penalties near Bond’s line and the referee awarded a penalty try to make it 17-7. 

Nevertheless, Bond came back strongly and scored twice – Milton Sikuea intercepting scrappy lineout ball and Gus Q racing down the sideline to score, after slick handling inside him by Josh Fui and T.J.

Bond led 21-17 at halftime, but scrum problems again proved costly and rookie prop Tyler Harris was sent off for repeated infringements.   Injuries cost Bond any chance of victory, with inspirational skipper Josh Fuimaono leaving the field at halftime with a calf problem.  Ben Hunt, Milton Sikuea and Rory McKenzie also came off with injuries.

In the end, the score was no real reflection of the closeness of the game, as the Dragons scored in the last minute, against the run of play, when  Bond were throwing caution to the wind.   Sunnybank won 42-28 but we salvaged a bonus point for scoring 4 tries and now lie equal 7th with Wests on 6 points.  It was a courageous effort and a big improvement on past weeks.

We are at home to GPS next week at Robina.  We smashed them last season and we are desperate for a win.  So come along and bring your friends and support the Gold Coast’s premier rugby team.

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