23rd February, 2015
Fitter-faster-bigger-better. That was the story of our Premier squad’s first hit-out against Easts at the Tigers’ lair, the David Wilson Field. After a 19-0 shutout in the first seniors’ trial, the boys from Bond out-muscled and out-ran Easts 38-10 in a display which new Head Coach Sean Hedger said “included a lot of good things.”
On a day more suited to the beach than Rugby, our Colts had an early start, arriving at 8.30am for the first of their two trials. It was brutally hot – especially for players like our French import Arthur Blin – and the water boys were kept busy. Thankfully there were no serious injuries and all the hard work done in pre-season training was rewarded, as Bond clearly looked fitter than their opponents in all four games.
However, there were several no-shows, which was disappointing. As Sean said afterwards “blokes not turning up is the ultimate insult to their mates.”
COLTS MAUL TIGER CUBS
The two Colts trials were played over 8 quarters and, with players running on and off, it was hard to keep tabs on scores. But overall, Bond was dominant, with impressive decision-making under pressure. Naturally there were lots of mistakes, as players got used to new combinations, but the coaches were delighted.
Premier Colts coach Setu Naseri said afterwards “both games showed that the boys have a lot of talent, in backs and forwards. We made plenty of breaks but didn’t finish them off. We were more aggressive and accurate in the Premier Colts game and I was pleased with the effort from everyone.”
Sean Hedger congratulated Ryan, Josh, Dane and Morohu on backing up in the heat for a second game and Setu singled out Mitch Scott-Young, Lachie Curry and Josh Taylor in the forwards and Harry Nucifora, Jack Rogers and Tekapo Tuaine in the backs.
BOND PACK LEADS THE WAY
The Seniors trials were even more impressive, Bond winning the first 19-0 and the second 38-10. In the first trial, our forwards created lots of opportunities for the backs, many of which went begging. Sloppy handling and poor passing were the main faults, but that could be forgiven early in the season in the heat. A classic example was the brilliant 30 metre break by Brandon “Woggo” Mahon-Arena, a 2 on 1, but the pass went to ground. Reece Mann, Milton Sikuea and Josh Neal scored tries and Justin Berstein kicked two conversions. There was one black mark – when Will Slipper was sent off for allegedly stomping, but the “victim” later came to Will’s defence.
The final Premier grade trial provided, naturally, the best football of the day. In a clinical exhibition, our big pack monstered the Tigers, and our backs made good use of the ball. We scored 6 tries to 2, with Brad Jones getting a double. The highlight came just before halftime, when the massive Bond pack rumbled upfield in a rolling maul and Josh Fuiamono scored. The other tries came from Lachie Duncan, Luke Evans and Gus Qasevakatini (let’s call him Gus Q!)
All in all, it was a terrific start to the season. Well done everyone, from the players to the water-boys and physios. But, a note of caution, the Easts team was really their second-string, as they had a later game against Queensland U20s, so we shouldn’t get carried away. It gets tougher from here.
*Anyone with a spare pair of size 13 boots? Ruben “blew” a sole in the trial and Jess Rowlands had to tape it together so he could play on. Is there a boot sponsor out there?
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