Townsville and District Rugby Union

Townsville Orthopaedics & Sports Surgery Japan Tour 2018 

Match 4- Townsville Brolgas 33 def Sano Nihon High School 28

The Brolgas had the lions share of the footy in the early stages of the game but showed signs of rust making mistakes early giving up possession. Pressure on the Brolgas scrum in the midfield saw the locals playing tight before spreading it wide into space and the winger looking a sure thing to score in the corner, if it wasn’t for fullback Declan Maguire (Brothers) who bundled him over the sideline ball and all.

A good exit from Josh Hanlon (Brothers) relieves the pressure momentarily and a penalty saw the Brolgas have a lineout 10m from the opposition try line. A well worked lineout maul saw backrower Ryan Kinbacher dart through and score left of the uprights to get first points on the scoreboard. 

Some bullocking runs from prop Trai McDermott and Maguire saw the Brolgas start to build momentum but dropped ball and turnovers cost them dearly. The Sano Nihon team took the most of the opportunities building phase after phase with their forwards before eventually scoring off a maul and converting to tie the scores at 7 all.

The Brolgas hit back immediately with a turnover from the kick off seeing the ball chipped over the top into the in goal for Hamish Chowns to score in spectacular fashion for the Townsville team to take the lead 14-7 going into half time. 

After the kick off mistakes cost the Brolgas again giving up territory and possession for the Sano team to build pressure and as they have done, they proved hard to stop once in the Townsville 22m zone. Displaying incredible patience and persistence the locals were able to bash their way over the line again to level 14 all.

Following that a brilliant line out drive from the Japanese secured them their next 7 points to take the lead from the Brolgas for the first time in the match 21-14 with their winger never looking like missing his kicks it was looking like it was going to be a tough second half for the Brolgas who trailed.

But to the teams credit they hung on with a blindside raid paying dividends as flyhalf Hunter Zacka (Brothers) threw a neat inside ball to fullback Maguire to score and peg one back at 21-19 following up some nice pick and go forward play from the Brolgas pack. The locals pounced again on errors from the Brolgas and a pick and maul was too strong for the Brolgas to contain as the hosts threatened to run away with it at 28-19 and the Brolgas under pressure.

The Brolgas counter attacked immediately from a failed penalty kick for touch spreading the ball from one side to the other leading into backrower Jimmi Thompson’s (Teachers West) hands. Thompson broke the line out past the 22m line and showed pace to score in the corner. Maguire missed the conversion but the Brolgas sniffed an upset and their tails were up. 

Some great build up from the forwards in the middle of the field in a Japanese style pick and drive raid put the opposition under pressure before the ball was swung out to flyhalf Zacka who hit centre Josh Hanlon (Brothers) on a neat unders Ball to break the line and skip around the fullback to get the Brolgas the win 28-32.

A great effort and a wonderful match. The local side definitely won the singing competition. The squad are now on their way to their final stop in Niiza, Saitama ahead of the last game tomorrow against Rikkyo Niiza High School.

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