Bond University Rugby Club

UQ WIN INTER-VARSITY CHALLENGE

23rd May, 2017

It was another tough day at the office for Bond University Rugby Club against University of Queensland in Round 9 at Robina.   While Premier Grade slumped to the bottom of the table our Reserve Grade had a well-deserved win.  Both Colts teams went down though,  to tough and well-drilled opposition in a bleak day for Gold Coast Rugby.

SLIDESHOW Sub Heading: ANOTHER LOSS – BUT SIGNS OF HOPE

Against a side that’s been undefeated all season and averaging over 50 points a game, few gave Bond any hope in Premier Grade.  But, buoyed by the return of Reds’ squad hooker Alex Mafi and the arrival of Irish prop J.P.Phelan, our boys gave UQ a real fright for the first 30 minutes.

With a game plan based on playing hard on the ball and direct running, Bond were dominant, even in the scrum, normally our weakness.  It was no surprise when Caderyn Neville scored in the left corner after two powerhouse scrums.  It was great to see a much-vaunted pack like Uni’s being shunted backwards and gave our boys a tremendous boost. Mitch Third booted the conversion from wide out and Bond led 7-0.

Thwarted by our tactics, UQ went to plan B, executing a superb rolling maul and scoring two tries by front-rowers to lead 12-7. Frankly, a rolling maul is “legalised obstruction” if you ask me, but it’s in the law book and nobody executes it better than the Red Heavies.  They shift the ball, so its almost impossible to target the ball-carrier.   A third try by rangy number 8 Jack Cornelson extended their lead to 19-10. 

In the second half UQ piled on another 5 tries, to run out winners by 52-17.  Two Bond players, Rubin Fui and Jake Upfield, were sin-binned on the back of a 9-3 penalty count in the second half. You can’t blame referees but there were some blatant mistakes by the man in the middle, many led to UQ gaining dominant field position and try scoring platforms.

It was a disappointing finish but the intensity and style played early in the game, before the referee exerted his influence, was some of the best displayed by Bond this season.

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