15th June, 2016
In a clash of the top 2 teams on the table, Premier Grade referee Jordan Ryan was allocated to this match, which turned out to be a real arm-wrestle. Again, the Dragons started with energy and skill, camping inside Bond’s half for the first 15 minutes. However Bond’s staunch defence kept them out. One tremendous tackle by Hamish Stewart saved a certain try. But their livewire winger, Ioane, set up the first try with a sizzling burst of speed and their centre Faamate scored. It was 7-0 to Sunnybank.
Bond hit back with a try by winger Harry Hill after a terrific off-load by Hayden Sergeant. The referee penalized Sunnybank several times at the breakdown for their illegal play, something not policed in the previous game.
By now the momentum had swung and it was no surprise when Sam Wood scored off a driving lineout maul. Now Bond led 10-7 at the break.
Sunnybank came back with a vengeance, scoring straight after halftime. Their flyhalf cleverly toed the ball ahead after being tackled and touched it down. They led 14-10.
Quick hands by the Bond backline and fullback Ethan Lolesio making the extra man gave the flying Hayden Sergeant a slight overlap and he made no mistake, scoring in the corner. So it was 15-14 to Bond.
With only 5 minutes to go a Sunnybank flanker earned a yellow card for a dangerous high tackle. The pressure was relieved and Bond were on top, their superior fitness coming to the fore again. Hardworking number 8 Jamison Quirk was rewarded for a fine game with the third try. It was 20-14 to Bond.
To their credit, the Dragons came back, driving play downfield and hammering the Bond line. A converted try would give them victory. But a magnificent counter-ruck by Lachie Currie turned over possession and time ran out.
It was a classy win against a team that had only lost twice this season and placed Bond on top of the table, 2 points ahead of Sunnybank.
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