26th July, 2016
Losing two key players on the eve of the semi-finals proved to be too big a hurdle for our Premier Colts, who had lost only one game all season. They went down 12-5 to a psyched-up Sunnybank who won the battle of the breakdown and never let our boys settle into their normal rhythm.
Former Australian Schoolboys centre, Dylan Riley injured his shoulder at Reds Under 20s training and Harry Nucifora strained a hamstring, after a tough session up at Ballymore. Why these players are required for the Reds at this stage of the season is anybody’s guess? The result was that Tyler Gillot and dynamic winger Hayden Sargeant moved into the centres, where they had never teamed before.
During the match, blockbusting flanker, Lachie Currie also strained a hamstring and was below his best. Even so, Bond started well and dominated possession for the first ten minutes. “Sarge” was over the line in the third minute but the referee was unsighted and didn’t award the try. Another attack saw Bond hammering the line and a Sunnybank forward came in from the side, stealing the ball, with no action from the referee.
But, to give credit where it’s due, the Dragons played much better than they did in home-and-away matches this season. Boosted by the return of 5 representative players, led by Australian U20 flyhalf, Liam McNamara, they harried Bond into uncharacteristic mistakes. Kicks from our 22 failed to find touch, passes were thrown along the ground and, worst of all, a lack of communication saw a lineout throw on their line go over the back and turned over.
It was no surprise when the Bank’s big lock, Nathan Den Hoedt crashed over from a ruck. Then McNamara darted over for another try and converted for a 12-nil lead at halftime.
The second half saw a big improvement in our play. Harry Hill finished off a classic backline mover, Hamish Stewart cutting out Gillot with a long ball to Ethan Lolesio, who gave Harry a slight overlap and he did the rest – diving over in spectacular style.
Den Hoedt got a yellow card but, even with a numerical advantage, Bond couldn’t crack the green line again. Mention should be made of the tireless work of skipper Callum Ball, Jamison Quirk and Isaiah Wildermoth and Hamish was his reliable self, saving the side with last-ditch tackles and some booming touch-finders.
So now we play Brothers next Sunday at 1.20pm in the Preliminary Final.
Colts 1 will play UQ in the Preliminary Final on Saturday at 11.55am.
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