Bond University Rugby Club

WESTS HOLD OFF GALLANT BOND OUTFIT

17th July, 2017

A goal post has cruelled Bond of an unlikely draw as Wests creep into the top four with two weeks left in the regular season. Fresh off the bye, the Bulldogs made the trip down to Robina in the hope of leap-frogging Easts. Meanwhile the hosts were looking to not only restore some pride after last week’s loss against GPS, but also out to try and spoil Wests finals hopes.

 

Bond started strong, winning the territorial battle early. A penalty gifted Mitch Third an opportunity to score first points and the Bond goal-kicker did just that putting the hosts up by 3. The home side continued to gain field position with outside backs Dylan Riley and Hayden Sargeant leading the way. Another penalty chance to extend the lead was opted against by the hosts, who decided to chance their arm with a line out instead. The decision paid dividends with Bond front-rower Jonathan Phelan the beneficiary off the back of the rolling maul.

 

Wests eventually registered points when Byron Hutchinson knocked over a penalty goal from beyond 40 yards to make it, 8-3. Bond were not phased pursuing a late onslaught on the Wests try-line in the last 5 minutes of the first half. However the visitors’ defence was unbreakable holding off the charge to only trail by 5 at the break.

 

The second half saw a massive shift in momentum with Wests catching the home side off guard. Byron Hutchinson jotted down for the visitors’ first after taking advantage of an overlap on Bond’s right edge. The successful conversion gave Wests the lead for the first time in the match, 10-8. Not satisfied with just the one try, the Bulldogs launched another raid with Liam Dillon scooting through the hosts defence. A couple of phases later, winger Shai Wiperi found the white chalk and the lead was 7.

 

Moments later Hutchinson had the chance to make it 18-8, however his penalty goal pulled up just short of the mark. A long drop-out from their own 22 by replacement halfback, Vitori Buatava, gave Bond field position back. They found their rhythm from the first half and began hammering the Wests try-line. The visitors defence did not look like folding and it took a string of scrum penalties that lead to a penalty try to bring the scores level at 15-a-piece.

 

Wests reacted immediately running to half-way for a quick restart. Under pressure, Bond could not clear the ball out of their half. This sparked another raid from the visitors with Connor Anderson crashing over from a pick-and-go to break the deadlock. Hutchinson knocked over the crucial conversion making it 22-15 with 5 minutes to play.

 

The hosts needed a big play if they were to tie things level and it came in the form of Third who managed to re-gather his own high ball and position Bond inside the opposition’s 22. A couple of phases later Wests gave away a penalty and Bond set their sights on crashing over again from a rolling maul. And that is what they did with captain, Sam Clifton, falling over to make it 22-20. Third had the tough challenge of slotting the goal from out wide. Despite striking it well, the ball rebounded off the near upright and bounced away.

With one last play left, the home side couldn’t work it out of their own end with Wests holding on to win 22-20.

A goal post has cruelled Bond of an unlikely draw as Wests creep into the top four with two weeks left in the regular season. Fresh off the bye, the Bulldogs made the trip down to Robina in the hope of leap-frogging Easts. Meanwhile the hosts were looking to not only restore some pride after last week’s loss against GPS, but also out to try and spoil Wests finals hopes.

 

Bond started strong, winning the territorial battle early. A penalty gifted Mitch Third an opportunity to score first points and the Bond goal-kicker did just that putting the hosts up by 3. The home side continued to gain field position with outside backs Dylan Riley and Hayden Sargeant leading the way. Another penalty chance to extend the lead was opted against by the hosts, who decided to chance their arm with a line out instead. The decision paid dividends with Bond front-rower Jonathan Phelan the beneficiary off the back of the rolling maul.

 

Wests eventually registered points when Byron Hutchinson knocked over a penalty goal from beyond 40 yards to make it, 8-3. Bond were not phased pursuing a late onslaught on the Wests try-line in the last 5 minutes of the first half. However the visitors’ defence was unbreakable holding off the charge to only trail by 5 at the break.

 

The second half saw a massive shift in momentum with Wests catching the home side off guard. Byron Hutchinson jotted down for the visitors’ first after taking advantage of an overlap on Bond’s right edge. The successful conversion gave Wests the lead for the first time in the match, 10-8. Not satisfied with just the one try, the Bulldogs launched another raid with Liam Dillon scooting through the hosts defence. A couple of phases later, winger Shai Wiperi found the white chalk and the lead was 7.

 

Moments later Hutchinson had the chance to make it 18-8, however his penalty goal pulled up just short of the mark. A long drop-out from their own 22 by replacement halfback, Vitori Buatava, gave Bond field position back. They found their rhythm from the first half and began hammering the Wests try-line. The visitors defence did not look like folding and it took a string of scrum penalties that lead to a penalty try to bring the scores level at 15-a-piece.

 

Wests reacted immediately running to half-way for a quick restart. Under pressure, Bond could not clear the ball out of their half. This sparked another raid from the visitors with Connor Anderson crashing over from a pick-and-go to break the deadlock. Hutchinson knocked over the crucial conversion making it 22-15 with 5 minutes to play.

The hosts needed a big play if they were to tie things level and it came in the form of Third who managed to re-gather his own high ball and position Bond inside the opposition’s 22. A couple of phases later Wests gave away a penalty and Bond set their sights on crashing over again from a rolling maul. And that is what they did with captain, Sam Clifton, falling over to make it 22-20. Third had the tough challenge of slotting the goal from out wide. Despite striking it well, the ball rebounded off the near upright and bounced away.

With one last play left, the home side couldn’t work it out of their own end with Wests holding on to win 22-20.

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