July - August 2015

Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup Week 18

It was another Jam packed afternoon of Rugby on Saturday as all our A-Grade teams battled for final positions on the table. North Ward Old Boys and Ross River clashed in one of the most important games of their seasons in the first game of the day at Mike Carney Toyota Park, while Western Suburbs attempted to slay perennial heavyweights in the Final game of the day in Townsville. Burdekin played host to Brothers in a fixture that could make or break their hopes for the finals.

It was all go straight up as North Ward Old Boys came out with the determination that they needed for this game. They put the heat on early and scored first with a well worked try to Ash Rio. The fired up Old Boys kept the pressure on managing to score again and extend the lead to 14-0 with 15 minutes gone. Ross River woke up and started to get into their typical tough playstyle. An improved ferocity gave Ross River some headway, managing to cross the line for their first try of the match. North Ward Old Boys were able to halt the Redskins momentum just before the half and score again, going into the break 19-7 up. The second half proved similar to the first as Old Boys picked up a bonus point try soon after the whistle. Ross River however were not as slow to warm up this time, taking back the dominance they were able to assert going into the break and scoring a nice try to bring the score to 24-14. Old Boys then made the most of their opportunities and sent Angus Chrisp through to score halfway through the second stanza giving them some breathing space. The Ross River pack then pounded at the Old Boys line until a penalty try was awarded. A crucial conversion was missed and Old Boys were able to hang on for the 29-19 win, an all important victory for them as they look to secure their spot for the finals.

The top of the table Teachers West Looked to continue their winning form when they played Western Suburbs on a frigid Saturday night. The Boys in Maroon and Blue looked handy in the first half as they completed passes and plays with precision to score 4 first half tries to none and lead at the 26-0. The Dragons who have struggled for most of the season were able to put some good plays together, but the Teachers West defence, something they have prided themselves on all year held true. In the second half the Teachers West bench added a lot of support and with the extra legs were able to cart over 6 more tries to win the game 56-0. 3 Bulldogs players got a double while John Vinson impressed with his second Hat Trick of the season.

Brothers faced off against a Burdekin side that needed to win in order to be in charge of their playoff contention. Another beautiful night in Ayr and another great game of rugby as a battled ensued between the two teams. Brothers were in control for most of the game, the forward pack punishing Burdekin for mistakes. They kept it tight and muscled their way over for three tries in the front line. A couple of scores from high flying Burdekin winger Chris Wellington kept the Canetoads within reaching distance but Brothers closed it out with a 4th to secure themselves second place in the standings for the regular season, Final score 26-15. Burdekin must win their next two games and have results go their way to be in the race for the Dudley Jones Cup Championship.

 

Only two games remain for each team as crunch time closes in. Brothers play host to a resurgent North Ward Old Boys Team who look to secure their spot in the finals, Burdekin play Western Suburbs in a must win game in Ayr, while Ross River face off against Teachers West in an early game at Mike Carney Toyota Park. Check the Draw for games schedule.

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