Bond University Rugby Club

RESERVES WIN A SEESAWING BATTLE

30th May, 2016

After a morale-boosting win over Easts last week, our Reserves knew they needed another win to stay in touch for the finals.   But Norths, on the bottom of the table, played with surprising skill and determination.  They scored first and led 7-0, but our blockbusting centre, TJ Siakasini smashed his way over to level the scores.  Norths were over again when their centre scored, but then a tip tackle earned their lock a yellow card. 

Bond exploited the advantage when Robbie Moe scored, but Norths landed a penalty to go into halftime with a narrow lead 17-14.

They extended their lead to 24-4 with another try after the break and it looked like our boys were history.   But they rallied, finding another gear as they upped the tempo.  Forwards and backs combined until Evander Gutenbeil barged over with an unstoppable charge from 10m out.  The skipper Cass Walding scored after a clever inside pass from lively halfback Vinnie Quigley.   Now Bond had the lead 28-24.

But Norths came back with a good try to their left winger after a midfield break and it was 29-28 to the Eagles.

Once again our boys dug deep, with a well-worked pick and drive close to the line and replacement winger Jarrod Layt dived over in the corner.  Justin Bernstein landed the difficult conversion in the blustery wind to make it 35-29. 

This time Norths had no answer.  Our boys’ superior fitness showed and they added another 2 tries from Zac Moimoi and Jake Upfield.   The latter effort was amazing, considering it came at the end of an exhausting match.  Jake broke through a ruck in centre-field and sprinted 50m, fending off 2 tacklers and stepping a third.  It was a brilliant effort. 

The final score 47-29 to Bond, a well-deserved win which keeps their finals hopes alive. 

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