Bond University Rugby Club

Brothers Too good in Senior Grades

2nd May, 2016


It took only 3 minutes for Brothers to score their first try.  Bond didn’t mark up in the backline and their speedy left wing Pierce Fitzgerald scored in the corner. 

Bond hit back with a pick and drive try to mobile prop Robbie Moe and, when their hooker Matt Mafi earned 10 minutes in the sin-bin, Robbie went over for his second try, thanks to a clever inside pass from winger Gus Q.  10-5 to Bond.

Nick Turner went in low for a grass-cutting tackle and everyone was shocked to see him get a yellow card, as it was ruled “no arms.”

In his absence, Brothers cleverly exploited the numbers and levelled the scores.   They worked the ball to the left, then back to the right, where former Reds player Sam Greene chimed in from fullback and flipped the ball up as he was tackled.  10-all. 

Greene was at it again a few minutes later – making the extra man and scoring himself down the left wing.    Fortunately all the tries were scored out wide and he missed his first 3 shots at conversions.  15-10 to Brothers.

Bond came back strongly and were attacking inside Brothers quarter when their winger, Fitzgerald intercepted and ran 70m to score his second try under the posts.  22-7.

It was a cruel twist of fate – but Bond hit back with a try by big number 8 Tai Ford, who showed surprising pace to sprint 30m down the sideline to score.  Mitch Third converted and it was 22-17.

Then came a turning point, as our captain Vitori Buatava held onto the ball and Brothers flanker Criff Tupu tried to take it off him.  There was a push and shove, which resulted in an all-in melee.   After settling everyone down, the referee surprisingly sent Vitori to the bin.  Brothers scored almost immediately and Buatava was replaced by Vinnie Quigley.

In the second half the wind seemed to have gone out of Bond’s sails.  Everything Brothers tried came off and the 50/50 calls went their way.  The penalty count killed us. Their lively halfback Sam Grasso ran through our tiring forwards twice for them to lead 41-17.  

But the tireless Ben Hunt, who had scored twice in the Reserves match, scored his third try for the day, unstoppable in a charge from 5m out.  Ben scored a double against Souths last week and is the leading tryscorer for the club this season – as a hooker! 

So the final score was Brothers 41 Bond 22.   With the bye next week our injured players have the chance to lick their wounds before our next match against Wests in a fortnight.

PREMIER RESERVE GRADE were soundly beaten 52-12.

In the meantime there’s still some top-class Rugby at Bond next week.  In the Oceania U20s Championship, Australia plays New Zealand in two matches.

Game 1.  6.30pm Tuesday 3rd May

Game 2.  4pm  Saturday 7th May.

Admission: $5 adults.  Kids under 12 free.  


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