July - August 2015

Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup Week 17

Final playoff spots are up for grabs and games are closer than ever as only 3 games remain until semi-finals. Burdekin clashed with Ross River on a cool Friday night down in Ayr, while on Saturday North Ward Old Boys and Teachers West met in the first game of the day at Mike Carney Toyota Park and Brothers faced off against Western Suburbs.

After dropping down to fifth over the past couple of weeks Burdekin were desperate to regain their semi-final spot when they came up against Ross River who currently hold on to third position. On a clear night under the full moon the two sides went at it, one trying to clinch their spot, another trying to get there. Both sides traded tries in a close game, one that we have come to expect from these two teams. The Burdekin Backs showed their finishing prowess while the Ross River forward pack muscled it up front, evident of what we have seen all season. In the end it was a conversion that separated the two teams, Burdekin coming out on top 19-17, gaining crucial points coming into finals.

A strong start to game set the platform for a strong Teachers West outfit. They raced off to a 21-0 lead in the first 15 minutes due to straight, hard running and crisp backline play. Old Boys settled the game down however and for the rest of the half it was a tight tussle between the two teams. Back and forward action throughout produced no score and half time provided a much needed break for both teams. The Bulldogs once again came out firing to score a try and extend their lead to 28-0 through a great driving maul that sent John Vinson down for his second try of the night. North Ward Old Boys needed something special to get themselves back in the game, so when second rower David Phelan Shot up on defence to snatch away a pass directed to the centres scampering 50 metres to score under the posts it was the opportunity that they needed. A 21 point deficit still remained and Teachers West didn’t relent on defence, managing to hold Old Boys out and score another try to put the game out of reach, final score 35-7.

Brothers and Western Suburbs closed out the weekend on Saturday as they met for the last time this season in the final game of the night. Brothers, after a disappointing draw against the Redskins in their last game came out with a point to prove. A strong start to the game that didn’t falter, Brothers punished Western Suburbs for their mistakes and capitalised on the opportunities they had. Western Suburbs played some of the best rugby they have all season but a bigger, faster Brothers team outclassed them. 6 tries to Brothers gave them a comfortable win while the only points to Western Suburbs were by the way of a converted penalty try, final score 40-7. Brothers will look to avenge their loss against Burdekin this week when they travel down to Ayr while Western Suburbs will look to keep improving on their performance with a strong showing against competition leaders Teachers West.

Only 3 weeks remain in the regular season with 5 of the teams looking to solidify their spot on the ladder and in the playoffs. Teachers West play Western Suburbs and North Ward Old Boys play Ross River at Mike Carney Toyota Park, while Brothers makes the trip down to Casalegno Field to face Burdekin.

 

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