Bond University Rugby Club

BASICS COST COLTS A WIN

29th May, 2017

In a game between two teams with an identical 5-3 win/loss record this should have been close – and it was.  But basic errors cost our boys dearly.  Firstly we didn’t mark up on the blind side of a ruck, so Sunnybank had an overlap and their left winger scored without a hand laid on him. 

We levelled the score with a try worthy of Premier Grade.  Off a lineout we worked the rolling maul, with Kyle Cullen in the van.  Our centres raced in and lent their weight and Kyle coolly planted the ball over the line.

A poor lineout throw gave the Dragons possession and they used it well to score through big centre, Trenchard-Smith– they led 10-5.   Our scrum was on top and, after 2 successive penalties inside their quarter, Bond worked the blind.  A long pass from Keahn Tipu gave Demetrius Tamai the overlap and he scored in the corner.  It was 10-all, as Ashley Marsh’s conversion attempt was right on line but under the crossbar.

A simple inside pass from their flyhalf to Trechard-Smith gave the centre his second try and Sunnybank a lead of 17-10.   With only a few minutes left Kyle Cullen scored his second try – a brilliant individual effort from halfway.  Breaking the line in midfield, the burly hooker looked around for support as the defence loomed.   There was none close by, so he simply burst through and, showing the speed of a winger, raced 30m for the try.  Unfortunately Tipu missed the conversion from just to the left of the posts and it was fulltime.  A 2-point loss 17-15 but at least they earned a bonus point which keeps them in sixth place, only 1 point from the four.    

A point about lineouts – our throwing in both Colts matches was terrible.  We won barely 50% of our own ball, which is simply not good enough.  More practice boys.  But well played, especially Kyle, Harrison Hoy and Callum Elliott, until he went off with a shoulder injury.  

In a game between two teams with an identical 5-3 win/loss record this should have been close – and it was.  But basic errors cost our boys dearly.  Firstly we didn’t mark up on the blind side of a ruck, so Sunnybank had an overlap and their left winger scored without a hand laid on him. 

We levelled the score with a try worthy of Premier Grade.  Off a lineout we worked the rolling maul, with Kyle Cullen in the van.  Our centres raced in and lent their weight and Kyle coolly planted the ball over the line.

A poor lineout throw gave the Dragons possession and they used it well to score through big centre, Trenchard-Smith– they led 10-5.   Our scrum was on top and, after 2 successive penalties inside their quarter, Bond worked the blind.  A long pass from Keahn Tipu gave Demetrius Tamai the overlap and he scored in the corner.  It was 10-all, as Ashley Marsh’s conversion attempt was right on line but under the crossbar.

A simple inside pass from their flyhalf to Trechard-Smith gave the centre his second try and Sunnybank a lead of 17-10.   With only a few minutes left Kyle Cullen scored his second try – a brilliant individual effort from halfway.  Breaking the line in midfield, the burly hooker looked around for support as the defence loomed.   There was none close by, so he simply burst through and, showing the speed of a winger, raced 30m for the try.  Unfortunately Tipu missed the conversion from just to the left of the posts and it was fulltime.  A 2-point loss 17-15 but at least they earned a bonus point which keeps them in sixth place, only 1 point from the four.    

A point about lineouts – our throwing in both Colts matches was terrible.  We won barely 50% of our own ball, which is simply not good enough.  More practice boys.  But well played, especially Kyle, Harrison Hoy and Callum Elliott, until he went off with a shoulder injury.  

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