3rd April, 2017
Bond had a point to prove after last week’s lost to GPS whilst also taking on last year’s Premiership Champion’s, Brothers Rugby Club.
The game started rather quick, with both teams using their kicking game to get the ball down the field. Bond welcomed back injured fly half pair, Scott Daruda and Mitch Third, who both played a vital role within the team.
A penalty against Bond for lack of release saw Brothers’ Fly half Pat James produce a quick chip and chase in the 5th minute down in the left corner, changing possession to Bond.
Bond’s Kenyan international, Oscar Dennis, set the tone in the 10th minute making a quick break through Brother’s defence and getting the first try of the game under the post, with Vitori Buatava converting the try, taking Bond’s lead to 7-0.
In the 14th minute, skipper Sam Clifton was off side giving Brothers the opportunity to kick a penalty goal converted by winger, Mitch Felsman, taking the score 7-3. Brother’s kept the momentum going with Pat James kicking the ball to land in Bond territory.
Unfortunately for Bond, Vitori Buatava (scrum-half), who was impressive in the first 25 minutes, went down with injury and came off the field with Vincent Quiggley replacing him for the remainder of the half.
Bond dominated in the first half with 56% possession and 52% of the ball in their territory and only 4 handling errors. Unfortunately for Brother’s their discipline in the first half was not as sharp, giving away 4 penalties and 6 handling errors.
Brother’s came out firing in the second half, gaining metres early and bringing them closer to their try-line in the 41st minute. With an error from Bond’s Vincent Quiggley in the 43rd minute, the game seemed to be playing in Brother’s hand with them taking the penalty kick which saw the score at 7-6 with Bond leading.
Caderyn Neville’s defence on the day was outstanding, causing Brothers’ issues all over the field. Bond’s Mitch Third made his much awaited come back in the 47th minutes. Nixon Tamarai (flanker) went down with injury and was replaced by Callum McDonald.
Bond’s right wing, Adam Higgins, made good metres from a quick ball taking Bond to 10 metres out from the try-line. Unfortunately, Joel Brown (flanker) fumbled the ball causing leading to a change over. Bond were persistent in their attack on the line, with Sam Clifton (skipper) reaching across the line in the 51st minute for a try with Mitch Third converting the try extending the lead to 14-6.
Both of teams discipline came undone in the 57th minute with a small scuffle between two players, resulting with Bond’s Callum McDonald and Luke Williams (lock) being yellow carded. Brothers went over in the 71st minute tying the game.
Skipper, Sam Clifton was happy with Bond’s performance on the day. Clifton said, “We knew that this game was important for us. Brothers are raining premiers and we definitely took it to them. To come away with points against the best team early in the season, will really help us come finals time.”
Head Coach Sean Hedger reported, “Bond where much improve from last week, everyone was proud of their effort on the day. The set piece was much better and our scrummaging was the best performance in three years. Unfortunately, our discipline let us down a little in the 2nd half with a penalty count of 9-1. Our standard yesterday is something we look forward to producing throughout the season. We are looking forward to Souths next weekend”
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