30th May, 2016
CLUB SUMMARY: In the most devastating performance in Bond University Rugby Club’s brief history, all four grades had big wins against Norths, averaging 54 points each. In the avalanche of points, they scored 35 tries, an average of nearly 9 per game. Colts 1 took the honours on the day, scoring 13 tries in an 81-0 victory, easily the biggest win by Bond. Only old-timers could remember a higher score, when the Breakers smashed Teachers-Norths 113-0 many years ago.
PREMIER GARDE: In their most comprehensive win of the season, the Bond Premier Grade team scored 8 tries to beat Norths 48-17 and they’re now only 2 points out of the top four. It was a milestone match for inspirational skipper Josh Fuimaono, who was playing his 100th game. His mere presence seems to lift our lads and they responded brilliantly for him on Saturday at Robina.
Our Irish prop Oisin Heffernan made the perfect run-on debut – scoring the first try from a ruck in just the third minute. Mitch Third converted and it was 7-0. What a contrast to the first round at Shaw Park, when Norths ran in two quick tries in the first few minutes to lay the foundations for a win.
With powerful forward play and crisp passing by the backs, Bond dominated the early exchanges. You could see the confidence level had risen after their last-minute win over Easts the previous week. Gus Qasevakatini finished off a well-worked blindside move to score in the left corner, showing his blistering speed and dancing feet. 14-0.
Norths tried to outmuscle us up front and at one stage we saw four or five scrums in a row inside our 22. But the new-look front row didn’t budge. Norths star import Alex Gibbon limped off and we began to dominate.
A pick and drive move on Norths line saw Bond score. Amongst the pile of bodies arose the try-scorer. With a big smile on his face – captain courageous Josh Fui, in his 100th game!
Our other former Breaker, Vitori Buatava is a magnificent all-round footballer. He showed his vision at halfback when he spotted an overlap on our right wing, kicked diagonally for the corner and Waylen Skips flew over for the fourth try and the bonus point before halftime. 24-0.
Big Milton Sikuea was on the end of a rolling maul to score the fifth try to make it 29-0. Finally we made a mistake – a poor clearing kick allowing Norths fullback, Connor Chittenden, to race 30m for their first try. 29-5.
A major factor in our success in recent weeks has been the re-worked backline, with “silky hands” Scott Daruda controlling the game at flyhalf. He earned a just reward with the next try when a perfectly- judged chip kick by Vitori enabled Scott to sprint through, pluck the ball out of the air, and beat the chasers to the line. 36-5.
Norths brought Jack Tuttle on as a backline replacement, but it made no difference. Along with teammates, Duncan Pai’aua and Alex Gibbon, he’s a member of the Reds’ Wider Training Squad and a former Broncos Under 20. But our backs ran rings around them.
Gus Q got his second when he was given half a metre of overlap, hit the gas and made a spectacular dive to score. 41-5. The tiny winger is a scoring machine if given the opportunity.
Norths also have a tryscoring machine – Veresa Matatini, who’s as fast as anyone in the competition. He went over for their second try after a good backline move gave him an overlap. 41-12.
Eagles halfback Nick Chapman scored the final try, darting down the blindside, to make it 48-17. It was a convincing 8 tries to 3 win and moves our team up into 5th place on the ladder, just 2 behind 4th placed Sunnybank.
It was a day to remember, but next week will be much, much tougher. Playing UQ at St Lucia is the hardest challenge in Premier Rugby at the moment, but going on this last display, we’re up for it.
MORE RUGBY AT BOND UNIVERSITY THIS WEEKEND:
Friday 3rd June
3:30pm APS Grand Final: Somerset College v All Saints.
5:30pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: Sth Qld u19 v Central Qld U19
7:00pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: Sth Qld Open v Central Qld Open
Saturday 4th June
4:00pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: Central Qld U19 v North Qld U19
5:30pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: Central Qld U19 v North Qld U19
Sunday 5th June
12:30pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: South Qld U19 v Nth Qld U19
2:00pm Qld Country Rugby Championships: South Qld Open v Nth Qld Open
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