Burke Cup 
April 29, 2017, 2:00 pm
St Patricks
19 - 24
Hudson Park
2nd Grade

Match Report

2nd Grade vs St Pats – Round 2

Score: 24‐19

Tries: Tom Stephenson, Oli Edwards, Jonathon Davies, John Sinisa

Con: Tom Stephenson x 2

Best & Fairest:
3 – Benn Sykes
2 – Terry Langi
1 – Reuben Brock

The team that took the field this week looked a lot different to the team that beat Colleagues, with a number of players out due to weddings, injury and promotion to 1st Grade. The plan to use the
outside backs more worked well early in the game with centre Jimmy Vuniwa making a midfield break and putting winger Tom Stephenson over in the corner. Unfortunately the plan to keep our
hands out of the ruck was not so successful, with the penalty count 7‐2 by half time as St Pats spent the majority of the time camped in our red zone. The defence put up by the team was unbelievable, with Captain and number eight Terry Langi making huge hit after huge hit, inspiring flanker Rabeeh Karaali and lock Reuben Brock to pull off hits of their own. Despite the overwhelming amount of possession for St Pats, we only conceded a converted try to go into the break 5‐7 down.

The second half started better with the team able to build phases before taking a long range penalty goal attempt by Stephenson. The ball did not come off the tee well and eventually hit the goal post, however it rebounded backwards and flanker Oli Edwards grabbed the bouncing ball and scored under the posts to put Drummoyne up 12‐7. St Pats hit back with two tries or their own to take a 19‐12 lead and with time going into the last 10 minutes. A number of penalties and well built phases took the team into the red zone and replacement winger Jonathan Davies scored in the corner. Despite St Pats’ attempts to waste time, we received the kick off and after a couple of phases, kicked the ball deep into St Pat’s territory. Vuniwa raced up and tackled the fullback, dislodging the ball, which we somehow regathered and passed to fly‐half John Sinisa, who scored under the posts for a converted try that took the game 24‐19.

Overall, it was a scrappy game but showed how much heart the team possesses and how well they have come together as a team. Benn Sykes was in everything throughout the game, despite having
played a full game of 3rd grade already, Terry Langi was immense until a head clash sent him for stiches and Reuben Brock also stood up with a strong performance.