Bond University Rugby Club

PREMIERS DOWN AGAIN

7th June, 2017

Bond slumped to our eighth loss of the season against Easts.  It was a disappointing performance after patches of good form over the last few weeks.  Our problem seems to be concentration, playing for the full 80 minutes.  We more than held our own in the forwards but were simply outplayed in the backs. 

Once again we had a slow start, conceding a try in the third minute when Easts fullback Frampton joined the line and Toby White broke through, scoring under the posts.  Mitch Third reduced the margin with a penalty from right in front and then Tai Ford put us in the lead with a try.   With direct, powerful bursts, our pack smashed their way into Easts quarter and big Tai was over.  Mitch Third converted and we led 10-7.

We made several clearing kicks that didn’t find touch and from one, White broke through and fed winger Owain Davis who scored under the posts.  Easts led 14-10. 

We regained the lead through a sublime piece of play by Scott Daruda, whose silky hands put Tai Ford into a gap 10m from the line and he scored his second near the posts.  Mitch somehow missed the conversion but Bond led 15-14. 

A poor long lineout throw gave Easts possession and a simple cutout pass from their flyhalf put Frampton under the posts.  So it was 21-15 to Easts after an exciting first half.

The second half couldn’t have started more badly, as Tai Ford, our best forward, was given a yellow card and, from the ensuing 5m scrum, the referee awarded Easts a penalty try.  Their 8-man pack was shunting our 7 backwards and Callum McDonald grabbed halfback Tim Smith ball-and-all in an offside position.   So now the score read 28-15 to Easts.

Fortunately for Bond, Easts flanker Milosevic also copped 10 minutes in the sin bin, so numbers were even.  We resorted to the reliable pick and drive attack and Helaman Samuela scored to make it 28-20.   The booing was deafening as Mitch moved in for the conversion – poor form Tigers – and he missed.

Easts scored again when Jack Redden came up out of the line for an intercept and missed, allowing Davies to go over in the left corner for his second try.  Easts led 33-20.    Smith worked the blind and, with little space, Frampton put winger David Yabsley away down the touchline for their 6th try. 

Our wingers had scarcely touched the ball but Oscar Dennis showed his skill when he somehow stepped his way past 3 defenders to score in the closing minute.  This robbed Easts of a bonus point.  Mitch converted and the final score was 38-27 to the Tigers.

The boys will have a rest next week, as only Reserve Grade will play against Logan at Robina before we meet Norths at home. 

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