Bond University Rugby Club

PREMIER PUZZLE

20th June, 2017

It’s hard to put your finger on what’s gone wrong with our Premier Grade.  They started the season with good displays in the trials and an easy win in the first round but since then its been a confusing and disappointing slide.    The arrival of Irishman JP Phelan has fixed one problem – the scrum – but there are a host of other problems.   The one that must be most perplexing for coach, Sean Hedger is the lack of consistency.  They play well for half a game – like against Norths last weekend – and then mistakes creep in and they fall apart.  

On Saturday Bond scored first, Callum McDonald going over under the posts after Kane Douglas, on loan to Norths from the Reds squad, was sent to the Sin Bin for a shoulder charge.  Also playing for the Eagles was classy centre, Duncan Paia’aua, who put winger Vaipulu over for their first try with a perfect pass.  But Bond rallied and flying winger Hayden Sergeant went over, Mitch Third converted and added a penalty and, at 17-5, it seemed that the losing streak was over.

But the second half was a shocker.  The Eagles scored five tries, four through their speedy backline, as our defence fell apart.    Bond scored two tries in succession – to Brad Jones and JP Phelan – to draw level at 24-all.   But, in a depressingly familiar way, we looked slow and indecisive, and Norths dominated the last quarter to run out easy winners.  Let’s hope the return of our Under 20s from Georgia can boost the team over the remaining rounds.  

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