Bond University Rugby Club

RESERVES SO CLOSE AGAIN

29th May, 2017

Close – but no cigar.  The old saying sums up our Reserves, who gained their 5th bonus point for losing by less than 7 points, 22-19.  They could have salvaged a draw against the previously-unbeaten Dragons, but chose to go for the try, instead of a gimme penalty goal.  But last week they upset UQ and will cause a lot of upsets in the remaining 7 games. 

Once again they made a poor start, conceding a soft try in the first few minutes.  It was scored by winger Jezzy Ioane, who went on to notch a hat-trick.  If he isn’t Digby’s brother he sure plays like him! 

In the same pattern as previous weeks, our boys were down 12-0 before they woke up.   When they began to find their attacking rhythm they looked like world-beaters.  First Ben Hunt scored from a well-executed rolling maul off a lineout.  Then enthusiastic winger, Nate Corbett finished off the try of the match to nose Bond in front 14-12.  Ben Hunt made a typically determined burst and off-loaded cleverly to Jake Field who flipped the ball on and Nate acrobatically dragged it in and dived over in the one motion.  It was 14-12 at the break.

Sunnybank regained the lead with a try off the blind side of a scrum and Ioane then scored his third try to make the score 22-14.  Former Reds back Brando Va’alu looked certain to score but was pulled down by a desperate last-ditch tackle by Nate Corbett.  With time running out, we hit back with another rolling maul try, scored by replacement, Sam Wood.  Justin Bernstein’s conversion missed by a whisker and we were still down by 3 with 2 minutes to play.  Sunnybank looked shot ducks and all the momentum was with Bond.

Working play down into Dragons’ territory, we earned a penalty right in front of the posts, 15m out.   A glance to the sideline was all it took though.  Draws are like kissing your aunty – let’s go for the win.  Sadly Sonny Pettybourne had the ball jolted from his hands and it was all over.

Cliff Otswald was outstanding in the lineouts and PJ Van Den Berg worked tirelessly in the rucks and mauls. But congratulations to the whole team for a might effort once again.  

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