May - June 2015

Townsville and District Rugby Union

Dudley Jones Cup Week 13

Changes in the leader board and high scoring matches made for an exciting round of rugby last weekend. Teachers West and Western Suburbs faced off at Tony Ireland Stadium while North Ward Old boys played Ross River and Brothers and Burdekin squared off at Mike Carney Toyota Park. 

 An ever improving North Ward Old Boys turned up the heat when they put on a class act to beat Ross River in the first game of the day. They got off to a flying start, Number 8 Dan Withers scoring a try only minutes into the game. They continued to mount the pressure to lead 24-7 at oranges. Ross River however showed why they are a contender for the championship this year as they picked their game up and mounted a comeback into the second half, a double from Ratumeli Dreunimaka keeping them in striking distance. Old Boys managed to hold tough though to take their first win over the Redskins in 2015, winning 39-24, propelling them into 4th place.

An injury ridden Burdekin side struggled when they came up against an almost full strength Brothers side that put in a complete performance. It was all the forwards scoring the points as 8 of Brothers’ 9 tries were through the pack. A dominant scrum set the platform and wore down the Burdekin players who struggled with their set piece throughout the game. Tom Audas-Ryan and Malakai Taufa both dotted down for hat tricks. To their credit, Burdekin were able to score two tries through backs Shane Kennedy and Ross Rickards but the strength and Power of the Brothers forwards was too much to handle. Brothers running away with a comfortable win, 55-14.

Under the lights of Tony Ireland Stadium saw Western Suburbs play host to competition leaders Teachers West. The Bulldogs had their work cut out for them in the first half, with Western Suburbs defence holding strong. A slow first half still saw Teachers West lead 19-0 into the break. The second half showed a different story as Teachers got back to their championship leading best. Their fitness far outweighed Western Suburbs, running in 7 tries while holding out the Dragons to 0. Another dominant performance from Teachers West, final score 62-0.

 

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