Bond University Rugby Club

PUSHOVER TRY HIGHLIGHT FOR REGGIES

2nd May, 2017

With Will Slipper back in the front row, our Reserve Grade pack was transformed for the game against Easts.  Bond had a dominant scrum and, for the first time in memory, we scored from a magnificent pushover try.  However it was not enough and a patchy performance from Bond saw the Tigers win 46-28. 

Easts led 7-0 after a runaway try by former Premier Grade fullback Eliot Hagen but Bond levelled the scores with a spectacular try.  It was scored by winger Zac Hargraves but put it down to centre Exe Oliveri – with an offload worthy of Sonny Bill Williams! 

Such fine play was marred by a sloppy mistake – Callum McDonald flipped a ball off the ground, to be intercepted by Easts centre and they scored under the posts.  With a scrum penalty Easts led 17-7.

Big Zac Moi Moi was over the line but ruled “held up.”  So we had a 5m scrum with our feed.   Assistant coach Mick Hall yelled from the sideline “pushover.”  Bond shoved Easts back over their line and number 8, Sam Wood touched down for a classic forwards try.  17-14.

Once again however, we took the foot off the pedal and Easts went to a lead of 27-17.  It seemed we were gone, but then came the try of the match.

We won clean ball and quick hands saw Exe Oliveri make a half break through the centres then, evoking memories of Campo and Horan ’91 World Cup, he flipped a no-look pass over his shoulder to Rian Olivier who scored.   27-21. 

But Easts lively halfback Charlie Olsen wrapped up the match single-handed – darting down the blindside for a try, scoring another under the posts and getting his hat-trick on fulltime, as well as converting two tries.   In the meantime, young Bond centre Struan Robertson scored a fine individual try but it was too little too late.  Easts winners by 46-28. 

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