Drummoyne 42 Mosman 25
A great day for rugby at picturesque Rawson Park to continue the rivalry against Mosman that spans at least 30 years and to take on the reigning premiers.
Mosman came out firing and quickly went to a 17 nil lead after two good tries down both wings and a penalty. Mosman’s confidence was assisted by numerous uncharacteristic mistakes by our lads that kept giving the opposition the ball. An accidental lifting tackle had our No 12 sin binned and the pressure was on.
However soon after the Drummoyne forwards started to dominate and the north shore boys were tiring. A timely steal from Luke Maybank who is back in 1st Grade due to finding some great form, saw the Reds attempt to counter with a loose pass that went to ground, only to be scooped up by ever present Tiger Parker who bust through the Mosman defence for a 1/2 Break connecting with the Flying Fijian Joe Vunisa who broke clear & in a 1 on 1 with the fullback, put a fantastic grubber kick through to re-gather and go over right beside the posts for a fine try. No 10 Luke Giles converted and Drummoyne were on the board.
With the lineout working well, the Drummoyne forwards were making good ground and flanker Oli Edwards patients was key from a pick and go drive, supported by experienced head John Tato pushed over the Mosman line. Giles converted and it was 17-14.
The Mosman heads were down and Giles’ tactical kicking and our dominate set piece was starting to show before Giles landed a penalty and the scores were even.
Mosman kicked a penalty right on half time and it was 20-17 to Mosman at the break.
With the wind out our backs and the sun in Mosman’s eyes for the second half it was obvious that we need to continue the momentum and play in the opposition’s territory.
Giles’ tactical kicking was nothing short of outstanding, with one kick from his in goal under pressure making at least 70 mtrs, and keeping us on the front foot!
Soon after a knock on from Mosman led to a scrum and Joe Vunisa was off down the blind side with Giles again putting through stella nudge, with the rub of the green and kind bounce Joe was in for his 2nd try. Not long after Chris Sefo was unstoppable and he was in for a strong try from 25 mtrs out and the opposition was hoping for the full time whilst.
The fastest man in Subbies Rugby(!?) Luke Mayback on his return to the top grade was running like a gazelle and after a junking run, gave the ball to replacement centre Jimmy Vuniwa who in turn gave the ball to Joe Vunisa and the Mosman backs were totally bamboozled.
Mosman were gone and after repeated scrum infringements the Drummoyne forward pack dominated the scrum inside Mosmans 22, and after 3 attempts to push over were awarded a well deserved penalty try. Final score 45 – 25 to Drummoyne.
A solid win makes it 5 straight wins to remain undefeated and on top of the ladder.
Coach Dan was delighted after the game and praised all members of the team for their roles in the comeback. He again gave special mention to the players that backed up and bought with them the vigour needed late in the game.
3pts – Oli Edwards
2pts – Luke Giles
1pt – Joe Vunisa and Jimmy Vuniwa