28th June, 2016
Playing their third match in 7 days, against a side that beat them in the first round, our Premier Colts had every reason to lose. Beaten by UQ last Tuesday night and with a growing injury list, they looked vulnerable. But the hallmark of this brilliant young team is their spirit and they showed amazing mental toughness, as well as physical fitness, in thrashing Souths 57-21, scoring 10 tries to 3.
With skipper Callum Ball leading from the front and Hamish Stewart cleverly steering them around the park, Bond got better and better as the match progressed. It started with a classic move – the forwards providing front-foot ball, slick passing along the backline and flying winger, Hayden Sargeant using a superb in-and-away to score in the corner. Then came a rare sight – Hamish Stewart having a go himself instead of setting up teammates – and scoring the second try. But Souths nippy halfback, Pita, scored a fine individual try and, moments later, got a second. At halftime it was anybody’s game at 19-14 to Bond.
Whatever Brad Harris said at the break, it worked. Tireless number 8, Lachie Currie barged over off a lineout to earn the 4-try bonus point and, with Souths tiring, it became a procession. Bond scored 10 tries in a memorable performance that avenged their first round defeat at Yeronga.
Full credit to the coaching staff – Brad, Spencer, Richard and Mick – for a magnificent effort in a torturous schedule. The team overcame weariness, a crippling injury toll and Souths’ previous breakdown dominance in one of the club’s finest victories of the season.
When we get back Harry Nucifora, Dylan Riley, Jamison Quirk, Billy Jeffress, Sammy Wood, Tom McKee and Gavin Luka – watch out UQ!
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