25th July, 2017
It was the game we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, in the second last round, our Premier Grade clicked and played the kind of Rugby we all knew they were capable of to beat Souths 46-15. It was our biggest win of the season, against a side that has run up cricket scores against us in recent meetings. What’s more, the expansive brand of Rugby we played saw Bond score 6 tries, 5 from the backs, for a bonus point victory.
Early signs were good, as our scrum went forward against a pack that’s bullied us before, and our backs passing was crisp and accurate. Big flanker Tai Ford made a clean break and ran 30m before being pulled down. Then came a stroke of luck, as the ball went out to the right wing, where Michael Marshall kicked high, chased hard and was rewarded with a freakish bounce between two Souths defenders, to score the first try.
The second try wasn’t due to luck, simply good Rugby. The forwards bashed their way into Souths quarter and then the backs swung it wide to the left wing, where Dylan Riley stepped inside his man and raced 20m to score next to the posts. Sharp-shooting Harry Nucifora converted both tries and added a penalty for good measure and Bond led 17-0.
Souths hit back with a brilliant individual try by smooth-running winger Emori Waqavulagi to make it 17-5 at halftime. Bond were playing with terrific commitment and enthusiasm and straight after the break it became 24-5 when Tai Ford crashed over. Souths dropped the kickoff and Bond won good ball from the scrum to enable the big man to score.
Souths rallied and scored – setting alarm bells ringing among the Bond faithful – but a Nucifora penalty goal made it 27-10. All too often this season we’ve fallen away over the last 20 minutes but this time we just got better. Fred Keil, Hayden Sargent and Brad Jones all raced in for tries and Harry Nucifora kicked superbly, landing 2 penalties and 5 conversions. The final score – Bond 46 Souths 15.
It was great to see such a dominant performance with our team on top in every facet of play. Veteran halfback Vitori Buatava came off the bench in his 150th game, as did Rubin Fuimaono in his 201st. Also good to see big Sonny Pettybourne and 18 year old winger Josh Walker make their Premier debuts.
Its been a tough season for Sean Hedger and his team. Wouldn’t it be sweet if they could upset the number one team UQ in next Saturday’s final round!
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