24th April, 2017
We started brilliantly, with clean ball, John Nucifora dummied his way through a gap from flyhalf and galloped over in the corner. Then he converted his own try from the sideline – it all looked so easy. But then Sunnybank went up a gear. Their halfback darted down the short side to score untouched and it was 7-5.
Dragons flyhalf Isaac Lucas then showed what he can do. The youngest of four brothers , all short, blond and speedy halves, he sidestepped through a gap in midfield and passed back inside to a big prop on the charge, who scored under the posts. A few minutes later he did it again – 17-7. Then he put their fullback away with a sublime pass to make it 24-7. Then, even though they had a forward in the bin, the Dragons flanker raced 40m for their 5th try – 31-7 at the break.
Riley Wilson and Austin Northey came on and added some starch to the Bond defence, but there was no stopping Lucas. In the best try of the match, he sparked a backline move which involved four players over 70m and finished with their fullback Feeney scoring under the posts. At 38-7 it looked hopeless for Bond.
But to their credit our team came back strongly. Skipper Tom McKee dived over in spectacular fashion after a mesmerising break down the right wing by “KP” Josh Walker ( nicknamed because, with his headgear, he looks like Cowboys wonderboy, Kaylin Ponga.) Then Neale Jackson was over but ruled “held up.”
Sunnybank’s winger Polata found a gap and sprinted 80m to score a fine individual try and then a kick into the in-goal resulted in their 8th try. But Bond had the final say, with “KP” deservedly scoring off a swell-timed pass from Nucifora. The final score – 48-21. But it was a much-improved second half, with the Dragons only scoring 17 points to 14.
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