Bond University Rugby Club

Bond focuses on second half

24th March, 2018

By Kate Banville

It looked to be a promising game for home team Bond University leading 10 points to nil with back-to-back tries in the first 10 minutes and 17 points on the board at half-time.

But it was Wests that walked away winners when the final whistle blew at 32 to 25 for round one of the Hospital Challenge Cup held at Nareng Glennon Park, on less than desirable field conditions.

Players from both sides looked to struggle with ball control and speed due to the muddy conditions in the first half but Bond player and first try scorer Samuel Wood was commended by commentators for his ‘pickup and getting the ball over the line’.

The grit and hard slog remained throughout the game, as field conditions continued to worsen.

Bond continued to lead when Mitch Third scored an impressive runaway try despite looking dead and buried in the tackle.

Wests were late to arrive at the game with no points on the board until 23 minutes in and a successful conversion to follow.

Things continued to work against the team when Wests player … was handed a yellow card, leaving them finish the half a man down and score remained at one try for the team.

After a strong start by Bond in the second half, Wests turned it around taking over possession and ball control that led them to their close win over Bond, despite some hard hits and a successful penalty conversion by Harry Nucifora early in the half.

A late penalty in the game to Wests got them over the line after Liam Moseley was successful in converting.

Both teams finished the game with only one penalty each and no major injuries.

Bond will go in to round two of the Hospital Challenge Cup on one point after the loss determined to win for round 2 after Coach Grant Anderson reviews the game.

Twitter: @katebanville


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