18th April, 2016
The Premier Reserve clash was expected to be close, but not this close. The lead changed hands 7 times in a real arm-wrestle. Jeeps led early 7-0 with a powerful try by former Brisbane Bronco Langi Setu but Bond equalized with a pick and drive effort from Robbie Moe.
Jeeps worked a rolling maul drive well and scored again, to lead 12-7. But hard-working hooker Ben Hunt retaliated with a barging try off a sweetly-timed pass from Ruben Fui. Bond ahead 14-12. The big fella undid his good work moments later though, when he was sin-binned. Nevertheless Bond worked their way to the line and Seb Gallagher dived over. To his amazement, the referee ruled it was a knock-on. Later Fred Motu was over the line but the referee ruled he was held up.
Jeeps took advantage of Ruben’s absence and scored immediately to lead 17-14 at the break.
Whatever Ben Hunt had at halftime it did wonders. He sprinted through a gap and raced away from the defence over 50m to score his second. Unbelievably, Jared Layt’s conversion attempt missed as he hit the upright. It was to prove costly. Bond led 19-17.
Jeeps centre scored out wide and they led 22-19. But big Ruben atoned for his sins when he scored from a series of pick and drives. Bond ahead 24-22. With only 5 minutes left Ben Hunt appeared to have sewn up the win with an unstoppable charge under the posts, but the referee ruled he’d lost control – no try!
With 60 second left Jeeps had possession and were throwing the ball around willy-nilly. Late replacement Scott Moreton threw his hand out to intercept a pass and was penalized. Sure enough, Jeeps kicker landed the goal for the narrowest of victories, 25-24. Man of the Match, Ben Hunt limped off with a leg injury in the final moments - it just wasn’t our day.
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