18th April, 2016
Bond had every reason to be confident for the match in Premier Grade. We thrashed Jeeps 63-5 in our best performance last season at Robina, but 3 losses on the trot this season had sapped that confidence. The big problem has been the scrum. With injuries and constant rotation of players, we couldn’t seem to find the right combination. Until yesterday.
Teenagers Alex Mafi and Josh Taylor, both buoyed by selection last week in the Australian Under 20 side, came into the team for their first appearance of the season. With Sam Clifton switching to tight-head, the scrum was as solid as a rock and laid the foundations for a morale-boosting victory.
Big centre T.J.Siakasini scored the first try after a scintillating movement. Centre Brad Jones ran across-field and passed inside to flying winger, Gus Qasevakatini. He danced downfield, took the tackle of the fullback, then off-loaded perfectly to T.J. who was unstoppable from 15 metres out. What a start! Mitch Third missed the conversion but landed two penalties to make the halftime score a respectable 10-0 to Bond.
Soon after the resumption Alex Mafi tagged onto the back of a rolling maul and scored. With the conversion Bond looked comfortable at 18-0. But somehow we took the foot off the pedal and let Jeeps back into the game. First their skipper James Herbert ran through some slack defence to score, then their big prop, Ezrah Amituanai barged over from a ruck. Suddenly they were within a converted try of victory.
Coach Sean Hedger emptied the bench as Bond tackled like men possessed. Jeeps seemed to have all the ball as the minutes ticked down and, all credit to our boys, Bond held on for their second win of the season, 18-12.
Sam Clifton was judged Man of the Match, a just reward for all the hard work the 21 year old has put in this season, not just yesterday. Callum McDonald deserves special mention, as he went down screaming with what appeared a painful recurrence of a serious knee injury – but after treatment and strapping, he gallantly played on. In the backs, none was better than Gus Q, who shone whenever he got the ball.
All in all, it was a red-letter day for the club. Three wins out of four and on top of the table in both Colts competitions.
We’re away to Souths next Saturday and our next home game will be on Saturday 30th April – we’ll see you there!
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