Bond University Rugby Club

Second Last Home Game

3rd July, 2015


Needing a bonus point win to keep their faint finals hopes alive, Bond Premier Grade take on the enigmatic GPS, laden with Reds players on Saturday.   Bond won the first round encounter at Ashgrove 22-5, but Jeeps will be much stronger, on paper anyway, this time – a point that doesn’t worry experienced Club Captain, Josh Fuimaono, in the slightest:

“We don’t have to prove anything – they have all the pressure on them.  They will be watched by selectors and disgruntled fans.  They’ve had a very disappointing season, for a club with so much talent.”

Mind you, so have Bond.  After winning 5 games in a row, to lose 6 straight was a blow to the players, the fans and Head Coach Sean Hedger:

“It is disappointing.  If we’d not let Wests in for that last-minute try, we would have been in a good position to push for a place in the finals.  As it is, we can still make it, but the cards would have to fall our way – and we have to beat both Jeeps and Easts.”

GPS will have a much stronger team than in the first round – with Nick Frisby, Sam Talakai, Chris Kuridrani, Marco Kotze, Radike Samo and Australian Under 20 stars, James Tuttle and Duncan Paia’ua.  But their recent record has been baffling – losing 4 of their last 6 games before beating Sunnybank last week 47-22.  Even then, they won the first half 30-0, but lost the second 22-17.   And all their tries were individual, not team efforts.

Bond bounced back to form last week, scoring 6 tries to one in beating Norths 40-8.  Prop Nick Turner, looking like a wounded soldier, had 25 stitches inserted in his head last week, so he’s replaced by Izzy Rapata, with Sam Clifton switching to tight head.  Vitori Buatava replaces Scott Daruda at flyhalf, with “Digger” MacMillan as a fresh reserve. 

Dion Taumata and Richie Arnold drop back to Reserve Grade, who are shaping as premiership contenders.  

*CONGRATULATIONS to Richie’s twin brother, Rory Arnold, a former Breakers player, on his selection in the Wallaby World Cup squad.

Game times on Saturday:

Colts 1 11.10am

Premier Colts 12.30pm

Premier Reserves 1.50pm

Premier Grade 3.20pm

*A pat on the back for the much-maligned Norths club for their terrific post-match function last Saturday.  They may have lost on the field but they won plenty of fans off the field, with the lasagne, the beers and the Big screen coverage of the Super Rugby semis.   Well done boys! 


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