July - August 2015

Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup Week 19

It was the penultimate weekend of Rugby and the Stakes couldn’t of been higher for some teams. Ross River looked to get some winning form back when they faced Teachers West at Mike Carney Toyota Park, North Ward Old Boys needed points to secure their spot in the finals against a confident Brothers Outfit and Burdekin were desperate for a victory against Western Suburbs to keep their Finals hopes alive.

In the first Dudley Jones Cup game of the day Teachers West played an out of form Ross River team. After losing their last two games they looked to build some momentum going into the knockout stages of the competition. They started off strong applying pressure to the Teachers West line. The Bulldogs were unable to get the ball out of their 22 but the defence held strong. A crucial penalty right in front of the sticks gave Ross River a handy 3-0 lead after 15 minutes. Teachers West then started to play some consistent rugby, putting phases together much the same as they have all season.  Holes started to open and with powerful running from centre Paulino Aloisio the Bulldogs made some headway scoring multiple tries in quick succession. A 19-3 half time deficit in favour of Teachers West proved promising as they looked to notch up their 18th win of the season. Ross River were much the same coming out of the break but Teachers were there to meet them head on, the strong running Redskins forwards were met with textbook tackles and Ross River were unable to get the go forward they had in the first half. The bench for Teachers came on provided added impact and they showed their depth with 3 second half tries, finishing the game victors 36-3.

North Ward headed into their most important game of the season so far when they played Brothers at Ignatius Park College on Saturday afternoon. The Old boys were chasing their first finals appearance since 2012 after missing them by one place the previous two years. Clear but windy conditions in the first half provided a tight, scrappy affair North Ward Old Boys leading 10-7 going into the break. The second half had a lot more free flowing rugby for both sides. Tries were traded between both teams but constant penalties to Old boys robbed them of any momentum. A great from Dan Withers with three minutes to go put North Ward in the lead before another penalty gave Brothers the opportunity to win the game. A clean lineout and after 8 or so phases a well-executed team try sent Tyron Harvey down the blindside to level the scores up. A perfect kick to inside centre Apensi Tawake sent the ball flying through the sticks to win the game and keep his 100% kicking percentage for the day, final score 28-26 in Brothers favour. North Ward Old Boys were able to secure their finals spot with two bonus points for the game.

Ladies day in Ayr meant a big crowd at Casalegno field when Burdekin hosted Western Suburbs on another cool night down South. Burdekin needed to get a bonus point victory and have results go in their favour to clinch a finals spot, while The Dragons were still looking for their first win after a struggling but promising season. A close game was had and with it all on the line Burdekin were able to show their attacking flair scoring 7 tries in the outing to Western Suburbs 3, Beau Southern collecting a hat-trick for the Canetoads. The winning result was all in vain however as the bonus points to North Ward Old Boys put them out of reach for championship contention. Next Week they host the Old Boys in a game where they will be keen to get a win and finish their season on a high note.

Next Week marks the final regular season fixtures for the season. Teachers West play Brothers in the precursor to next weeks Major semi-final, Western Suburbs look to finish strong against a struggling Ross River team who will try and regain some form before the finals while an anticipated game between North Ward Old Boys and Burdekin will be played down in Ayr.

 

 

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