4th June, 2018
By Kate Banville
Bond University has moved within striking distance of the Hospital Challenge Cup top four with an impressive 48-21 victory over Wests on Saturday.
The Bull Sharks third win in a row continued their dramatic form revival, lifting the club from last place on the ladder to fifth and just three points behind GPS.
Bond University overcame a nervy start before scoring the opening try within the first 10 minutes, stamping their dominance with a successful conversion by Dion Taumata.
Wests' sizable forward pack threated to wrestle back the momentum, but Bond responded with a breakaway by Corbin Kiernan, who helped set up the second try under the posts making it an easy kick for Dion Taumata to further extend the lead.
Trailing 14-nil Wests got back into the contest thanks to their forward pack pushing the ball forward and over the line.
Wests continued to press and could have scored again as their wingers showed speed by making an immediate breakaway, until the play was stopped by Bond's Joey Fittock who was lucky not to be sent from the field for a professional foul.
The Bull Sharks rode their luck to lead at the break 31-14.
Wests had a chance to get back into the contest immediately after the break, but a forward pass close to the try line cruelled any realistic hopes of a comeback.
Bond Uni took full advantage of the mistake and ended proceedings with an impressive try under the posts.
The victory was set up by the Bull Sharks backrow who were outstanding again, particularly Luke Papworth along with Kiernan Van Bretch who didn’t disappoint despite carrying injuries for most of the game.
Kiernan took out the captain and coach's awards thanks to his performance on both sides of the ball.
The 48-21 victory means Bond University is in the hunt for an all-important top four berth in the Hospital Challenge Cup.
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