Drummoyne 21 – 12 Waverley
Running into a strong & swirling wind it become evident early that Drummoyne had the dominant scrum, & hoped to capitalized with 90% of the possession for the first 10mins – it looked as though a big win was on the cards.
However, with 6 unforced errors and to Waverley’s credit they kept spoiling and defending well, it was the opposition who scored against the run of play after 15 minutes as we saw another poor start leaving us down 7 Nil.
Despite 3 key player changes to the starting side including a new look centre pairing, the Drummoyne backs were running well and gaining good ground only to have Waverley’s solid defense stopping what looked like certain tries.
Waverley were using the wind well forcing Tom Stephenson at fullback to repeatedly collect the ball after a long kick down field. Soon after one of Stephenson’s returns up field and a Drummoyne scrum win, No. 10 Luke Giles kicked down the sideline, Tom Stephenson collected the ball only to fall short of the line by 3m, with supporting winger Joe Vunisa scooping up the ball looked certain to score, only to be denied by a solid desperate tackle, but quick recycled ball saw us cross the line off the next phase as lock Robbie Glen scored a nice try under the posts. Giles converted and it was 7 all at half time.
Forced changes at half time were a surprise due to injury, but with the wind at our backs the coach asked the team to play the way they train, attack space, retain the ball, keep our game shape and work hard.
Soon after the break winger Joe Vunisa hit the line proving hard to stop 1-on-1 only to lose the ball in an offload to new center replacement Lachlan Jackson (Colts Captain). But with the scrum demoralizing Waverley and repeatedly buckling under the pressure, No. 7 Oli Edwards barged over for a try – Solid reward for the forward packs dominance at set piece.
Waverley were next to score and instead of being well in front, we had a player in the sin bin and the pressure was on.
Whilst it looked like it was only a matter of time until Drummoyne pushed clear this wasn’t the case until replacement center, Colts Captain and crowd favorite, Lachlan Jackson kicked through a loose ball and dived on it over the line for a fine individual try. Giles converted and the final score was a hard fought 21 – 12 win to Drummoyne.
Dan praised half back Stephen Bruce who again played well and showed strong leadership.
Once again thanks went to the players who ‘backed up’ and bought real finishing qualities to the team, noting without these players and the enthusiasm they bring, this team would not be doing as well as they are. 6 from 6 leading into the top of the table clash against Shammies under lights (Friday 23rd June).
3 – Stephen Bruce
2 – John Tato
1 – Lachlan Jackson