Bond University Rugby Club

WHAT A COMEBACK!

19th March, 2017

Most of our Premier Colts side are in their first year out of school, so it wasn’t surprising that they were shocked at the physicality of a more experienced Norths team at first.   And with so many new combinations, our boys took a while to settle down.   Norths scored first with a long break down the left wing and then scored again to lead 12-0 at halftime.

But after the break, Norths backline worked the ball from one side of the field to the other with accurate passing and scored their third try to make it 17-0.   By contrast, we had some opportunities, but they were spoilt by poor handling in the tricky breeze.

A missed tackle saw Eagles centre over under the posts for their fourth try and, at 24-0 down, Bond looked to have no chance.  But coach Geoff Townsend sent dynamic Ryan Briggs on and the forwards began to finally win some go-forward ball.   John Vuta, a halfback playing at fullback, had looked out of sorts in the first half but he suddenly came alive.  Breaking through after a neat inside pass from centre Jackson Neale, he sent Will Chapman flying over in the left corner.  Young John Nucifora showed the skill of older brother Harry in converting from the sideline. 24-7.

Then, from a scrum near Norths’ line, livewire Austin Northey harassed their halfback, who dropped the ball and Ryan Briggs was on hand to snap it up and score under the posts.  24-14.

With Vuta calling the shots from behind, Bond were dominating play.  Vuta made another break and passed to left wing Bevan Reynolds, who beat three defenders before offloading inside for Jackson Neale to score in the left corner.  Alas, Nucifora’s kick was wide and the whistle blew for fulltime.  24-all!   What a confidence builder for next week.

In a terrific team effort, Tom McKee was an inspiring captain, supported by tireless Aaron Aitken and impressive Canadian import, Jackson Silvester-Lee.

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