Drummoyne 31 Colleagues 22
With injuries to players throughout the club Luke Battenbough was selected to make his 1st grade debut at fullback but the late withdrawal of half back Stephen Bruce saw Luke playing halfback.
Drummoyne dominated the early phases of the game and were on top early running into the wind. Scrum were messy & had the both teams back peddling at times, but a free kick/ quick tap by Captain with great building of phases and pressure, eventually saw Tom Carruthers going over for a try. Flyhalf Luke Giles converted and it was 7 nil.
From the kick, off Robbie Glen thundered up field to pass to Ted Ratsaralafy who barged further upfield before the fastest man in Subbies Luke Maybank screamed up the wing and was unlucky not to score. Colleagues were under pressure for the first 20 minutes of the game and were rarely out of the half of the field and ill discipline saw the ball coming back to the Reds.
The persistent pressure paid off and Fijian flyer Jimmy Vuniwa was off down the wing and scored a nice try thanks to the hands of Tom Stephenson. Ever reliable No 10 Luke Giles converted from the sideline and it was 14 nil to Drummoyne.
Whilst it looked like a big win was coming our way Colleagues were not going down without a fight and there centre scored a smart try near the posts. Soon after a dropped ball fell the opposition’s way and they were in again and it was 14-12 at the break.
The team was confident running with a strong wind the 2nd half and the call was to play downfield and keep to the game plan. The forwards started strong but it was our centre Ben Hannah who followed up his strong 1st half and held up his opposite number in the tackle and we had the ball. From the next phase, we were given a penalty and No 8 Oli Edwards saw an opportunity, took a quick tap and ran 30 metres untouched to score under the posts. Colleagues were blowing up like toadfish and were in front 21-12.
Soon after the restart Colleagues kicked a penalty goal before Ben Hannah was at it again where he smashed his opposite number and stole the ball of him. Giles kicked down field and fullback Tom Stephenson led the chase, scooped up the bouncing ball and was in for a stella try and it was 28-15.
Whilst in front it was still a tight game and Giles just missed a 60 metres penalty before landing one from 55 metres out to go to 31-15. Colleagues also kicked a penalty and a try from a player dressed in Easts Rugby shorts and socks scored to make it 31-22.
The final 10 minutes was not a concern after we made a number of replacements and the team fired up to take any chance of losing the game out of the question.
That’s 8 from 8 and still undefeated and 6 points clear at the top of the comp.
3Pts Ben Hannah
2Pts Robbie Glen
1Pt Chris Sefo