9th July, 2018
By Kate Banville
The Bull Sharks missed a golden opportunity when they conceded a late try to draw against a Souths team boasting former Wallabies Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt on Saturday.
Bond University’s coach Grant Anderson was disappointed with the result, despite the highly anticipated return of Hunt to rugby union.
"The team has proved we have the skill to be competitive against the best, it's just a matter of whether or not we have done this early enough in the season or not," Anderson said.
"I think we could have been more accurate with our attack in the A Zone and taken our opportunities to score tries.”
The Bull Sharks got off to a slow start, conceding two tries in the first 15 minutes, before Hayden Sergeant changed the momentum of the contest and put the home side in front.
Sergeant outshone Cooper to claim man-of-the-match honours with his speed and agility proving to much for his famous rival.
With a decade between the players it was a nice touch for Sergeant to receive his award from the player he grew up idolizing but to his coach, it was no surprise.
"I have been coaching him for six years and was completely confident in his ability to play No.10 in this game,” he said.
"He really stood up against Quade and it was great to see Hayden being awarded player of the match from Souths and receive praise from Quade.”
A penalty by Vice Captain Harry Nucifora extended Bond Uni's lead by a further three points at the halftime break.
Bond University’s defence looked unbreakable with the Joey Fittock and Zach Moimoi using their size to stop Souths’ high profile players.
Cooper struggled to get in the contest and was having little impact as his side was unable to add to their score until midway through the second half.
The remainder of the game was an arm-wrestle with nothing eventuating for both sides until a yellow card for Bond Uni player Adam Gauder left the home side a man down.
Souths seized the opportunity and levelled the scores at the death, leaving Bond precariously placed in fifth place on the ladder with only three games left of the Hospital Cup Challenge 2018.
The Bull Sharks can still make the top four but it will all come down to the results of next week's game and whether or not another win is enough to overcome the two points gap between them and Easts at 37 points.
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