29th May, 2017
Boosted by our two new Irish imports, JP Phelan and Stephen Fitzgerald, and an inspired first half against unbeaten UQ, hopes were high against Sunnybank. However, the Dragons scored 5 tries to 3 in a convincing win.
Flying fullback Junior Laloifi scored twice, one a brilliant kick and chase over 50m, and the other 3 tries came from their hard-working pack. Once again we played well in patches, such as when young fullback Hayden Sargeant scored in the corner from a neatly-worked backline move.
After the break, no doubt stung by a tongue-lashing from coach Sean Hedger, Bond played like men possessed. We hammered the Dragons’ line in close until eventually Vitori Buatava passed out wide of the ruck to centre Jack Redden, who scored. Mitch Third’s conversion made it 19-12 and Bond fans were given a glimmer of hope. But, on the back of a spate of scrum penalties, Sunnybank revelled in a feast of ball and scored twice more.
In the last minute Samuela Helaman was rewarded for his bone-rattling defensive effort by scoring near the posts and Mitch Third made the final score 33-19, thus depriving the Bank of a bonus point.
In an erratic performance, JP Phelan and Tai Ford stood out in the forwards and Hayden Sargeant gave a much more confident display, featuring several try-saving tackles. Stephen Fitzgerald, on debut, revealed a potent left boot, but left the field early with an injured wrist.
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