10th April, 2017
After a much-improved performance against Brothers, Bond’s Premier Grade slumped to a disappointing low against Souths, going down 32-12. The only saving grace was a good second half, drawn 7-all, after conceding 4 tries in the first. We haven’t beaten the Magpies since the first round in 2015.
Reserve Grade suffered a similar fate, starting badly to be down 10-nil after 15 minutes. Despite a second half rally, which saw our boys storming Souths line for the last 10 minutes, we fell short and lost 19-12.
However it was the opposite in Colts, where both our teams had convincing victories. Colts 1 scored 8 tries in flogging Souths 44-12 and Premier Colts led 19-nil at halftime before running out winners 26-7.
On a beautiful day at Yeronga, Premier Grade struggled against a big Souths pack, boosted by giant young Reds lock, Lukhan Tui. Nevertheless, we scored first, with powerful prop Martin Peryhn diving over after a series of pick and drives close to the line. The Magpies hit back with a penalty and then their big number 8, Mike Tafili scored off the back of a dominant 5m scrum. Fullback Keegan Sefton converted to make it 10-5 to Souths.
A string of penalties saw Bond on the back foot and Callum McDonald sin-binned. The resulting penalty saw Souths extend their lead to 13-5. And, with the extra man, Souths cleverly used the full width of the field for Sefton to find a big overlap on the right wing and race 30m to score untouched. Souths 18-5.
Before halftime Sefton went in again, after nice passing down the right touchline by flankers Halifonua and Timu. It was 25-5 at the break and things were looking bleak for the visitors.
The second half started badly, as the big Souths pack wheeled a scrum near our line and Timu scored – it was 32-5. To the Bond University’s players credit, our boys came back, actually getting on top for the last 30 minutes. Souths had two players sin-binned and we exploited the gaps for Joel Brown to score. His try came after great leadup work by Vinnie Quigley and Ben Hunt, two of our best players. Vinnie has just been smashed in a tackle by Lukhan Tui and showed amazing powers of recovery. Vitori
Biatava converted from the sideline to make it 32-12 and that was to be the final score.
Making his Premier Grade debuts, Jamison Quirk was outstanding and Helaman Samuela also made an impact in the midfield. Jake Upfield also made a fine contribution off the bench.
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