2nd Grade vs Balmain – Saturday 20th May
Result: 48‐5 win
Tries: Luke Maybank 2, Tevita Veikoso, Sam Roach, Luke Battenbough, Tom D’Arbon
Con: Tom Stephenson 2, Luke Battenbough 2, Tom D’Arbon
Pen: Tom Stephenson
B & F:
3 – Jimmy Vuniwa
2 – Luke Battenbough
1 – Ed Kell
Having had a week off, we expected the team to be rusty, however on the first possession of the game, centre Jimmy Vuniwa made a clean linebreak in midfield and gave a great pass to fullback
Luke Maybank for try, which winger Tom Stephenson converted to take an early 7‐0 lead. Unfortunately the team took the foot off the accelerator for a few minutes and Balmain scored an easy try in the corner when the defence didn’t do a good enough job of covering the overlap. The team started to dominate in the forwards, which led to prop Tevita Veikoso picking and driving from
1m out to stretch the lead to 12‐5. Lock Ed Kell was next to score as he made a line break 60m out and outpaced the cover defence to score. Stephenson slotted a late penalty goal to take the half
time score to 20‐5.
Vuniwa was again toying with the defence early in the second half as he made another clean line break and threw an audacious flick pass inside to Luke Maybank for his second converted try.
Flanker Sam Roach followed this up with a powerful run of his own and reached out to score, giving the team a 34‐5 lead. A quick tap by replacement fly‐half Luke Fletcher put scrum half Luke
Battenbough into space and he broke 2 tackles to score under the posts. He then converted his own try. Battenbough was in the action shortly after as he kicked a box kick which bounced into flying winger Tom D’Arbon’s hands and he scored next to the post. He converted his own try to take the final score to 48‐5.
Overall this was a scrappy win, but was the most points scored by a Drummoyne Second Grade team in the last five years, so it should be celebrated as a great win. Jimmy Vuniwa was absolutely
unstoppable, while Luke Battenbough controlled the game well and Ed Kell worked hard all game. The win keeps the team on top of the table and we take on Mosman on Saturday, who are third on the ladder, so we’re expecting a tough matchup.