Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup - Elimination Semi-final

The Elimination Semi Final was the biggest game of the year so far for North Ward Old Boys and Teachers West when they played off for a spot in the Grand Final on Saturday. It was a breezy evening which made for a welcome, cool atmosphere perfect for a game of Finals Rugby.

The game started evenly with both teams fighting for dominance in the match. North Ward Old Boys were able to dominate possession and control of the ball for the first 20 minutes however were unable to convert their opportunities into points through missed penalties and opportunities. Teachers West were able to stem the early pressure from Old boys and settle nicely into the game scoring a well-worked try out wide for the first points of the game, Josh Fletcher converting for the 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs forward Pack gained momentum and the workhorse efforts from Alex McClymont and Kris Neilsen kept them trucking. It was a half of two sections with Teachers West finishing it off strong to lead 17-0 into the break. Key injuries to North Ward Old Boys straight after oranges proved costly for the boys in navy, red and gold as they struggled to gain any sort of momentum on the advancing Teachers West Pack. Old boys’ reserve,  John Salee scoring a late consolation try with a show of his strength, were able to make some headwind but the team as a whole fell apart and the floodgates opened for Teachers West to score 4 second half tries, Jack Payne with a brilliant double to seal the deal 47-7. A much improved second half effort from Teachers West, where they had looked to struggle the past two weeks puts them in good stride for the Grand Final this weekend. They come up against a Brothers team who have managed to make this year’s encounters a real grudge match. It will be a top of the table clash in a game that is sure to entertain and have emotions flowing. Catch the action at 5:20 at Mike Carney Toyota Park on Saturday. 


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