27th March, 2017
After an encouraging win in the first round over Norths, Bond University Rugby Club’s Premier Grade team came crashing back to earth with a 50-7 defeat by GPS. It was such a disappointing day – our first home game of the season and the first for new General Manager, Luca Liussi. To be fair, we had 10 outstanding young players unavailable because of the Australian U20 Super Rugby tournament and Jeeps were much stronger than last year. In the off-season they recruited 5 players from Perth, most of whom had Super Rugby or NRC experience, and they made a big difference. Two years ago, we beat them 64-13 at Robina and we won both games last year. But we were never in the hunt on Saturday, losing by 8 tries to 1.
We got off on the wrong foot, as skipper Vitori Buatava was sin-binned in the opening minutes and Jeeps capitalised, scoring 3 tries to lead 19-0 at halftime. We had our chances, as the Gallopers had 2 players sin-binned in the first half. Bond fans hoped for second half revival, but that was snuffed out almost immediately as they scored a fourth try through flanker Michael Richards. With their massive prop, Laione Mulikahaamea leading the way, Jeeps packed ran roughshod over us, creating 4 more tries.
It wasn’t until the 65th minute that Bond finally got some points on the board, with lively flanker Joel Brown scoring and Vitori converting. The try was set up by a brilliant weaving run over 50 metres by winger, Oscar Dennis and from the ensuing play, Brown was over. He atoned for an earlier blunder, when he dropped a simple pass from Vitori, who had broken the line.
At the post-match function, Jeeps captain Dan Gorman revealed that they had beaten, UQ, Brothers and Sunnybank in trials, so it was no surprise that they played so well against us.
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