July - August 2015

Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup Week 16

Games are starting to heat up as the start of finals rugby draws nearer. All teams are in final preparation and looking to reach form as only 4 games remain before semi-finals. Brothers and Ross River played each other in a typical grudge match down at Ignatius park College, North Ward Old Boys looked to hold up fort against a resurgent Western Suburbs side at The Sports Reserve, while Teachers West, donning a special Ladies day strip faced off against Burdekin at Mike Carney Toyota Park.

It was all action at Mike Carney Toyota Park as 11 tries were scored in a high-scoring affair between The Burdekin Canetoads and Teachers West. A tight game early on, with Burdekin edging a slight 8-5 lead over the Bulldogs in the first 15-20 minutes. After an initial arm wrestle the flood gates broke for Teachers West for the rest of the half however as they ran in 4 more tries to lead 38-8 at the break. The second half saw Burdekin looking hungry to regain their spot in the top four as Teachers Wests’ defence dropped off, Burdekin capitalising to score first. An unfortunate season ending injury to captain Gene Morgan in the process of scoring his teams 7th try paved the way for substitutions, Teachers looking to increase their depth before finals. The Canetoads capitalised on the inexperience scoring again, before the fresh legs and enthusiasm propelled The Bulldogs to a 50-22 point win, uncontested scrums hampering an otherwise entertaining game.

North Ward Old Boys looked to continue their run as Championship Contenders when they played The Western Suburbs Dragons at The Townsville Sports Reserve. A penalty in the first few minutes to Old Boys was the beginning of a Dominant half for the Boys from North Ward. Western Suburbs had their chances but Old Boys kept control for most of the first stanza. A late try to The Dragons put them straight back into the game closing the gap to 20-8 going into the break. A quick try to Western Suburbs coming out of the gate paved the way for a potential comeback, Zach Toigo bursting through the line on multiple occasions. The support was too often no there however as Old Boys regained control of the game using the field to their advantage and bruising straight through the Green and White defence. 3 second half tries were enough to seal the deal, a late consolation try to Suburbs not enough. North Ward Old Boys keep their championship hopes alive and will look to put in an impressive performance against Teachers West in a week and a half’s time to prove they have what it takes to be contenders for the Dudley Jones Cup.

Brothers and Ross River were both eager for a win, in a game that could do a lot for the standings. Brothers, fresh off of their biggest win of the season against Teachers West looked to continue their momentum while a valuable win against Western Suburbs the previous week gave some hop of overtaking Brothers in the Leader board for Ross River. A tough, gritty game in which Brothers managed to edge out majority of the confrontations it was set to be another thrilling encounter. The tussle remained with Brothers looking to set up back to back victories in the TDRU competition. A late lapse in concentration gave the opportunity for a Ross River surge, who put their foot on the pedal. A last minute penalty saved the day for The Redskins as they were able to claim a late draw, final score 17 all.

This week all the teams have a Bye, then its straight back into the final four games before playoffs begin. The juniors are still in action and are playing on Wednesday and Friday Night, so get down and support our local, young talent.

 

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