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The Blueys long run of overall success came to an end at Hudson Park with the results now meaning Back To Lapstone day is going to be so crucial in all grades to how the future pans out,not only for the semi final season,but for where we will be in2019 as well.
First grade was a battle to get the box seat for a major spot,we knew it would be a challenge and that it was.Pats had all the possession and running in the first fifteen minutes,scoring inside the first five,and holding a 5-0 advantage,but gradually the Blueys knuckled down,our forwards held their own,and the backs really started to dominate,Sai scored twice,we had one try denied,we led 12-8 at the break,and we looked the goods.The first fifteen minutes of the second half it was pretty even,we went so close to scoring yet another try,but it was the home team who gradually got on top,and they played the last twenty minutes like a team that really wanted to win more.Joel was sensational in a match that finished 30-17,while the Pats kicking game while good was constantly numbed by the brilliance of Gav who was sensational under pressure.We showed in this game for long periods of time we can match Pats,some gutsy gol line defence,and will learn lessons from this encounter.
BM 17 ( Sai 2 Pinno tries Pinno con)
Seconds were pedestrian in a 7-7 draw with the lowly placed home team.After the usual slow start they eventually scored through Paul Brombal,but from that point on the boys not only had a more committed opposition to take on,but also had to battle against themselves with poor handling and basic errors costing them plenty.Still the home team deserved some credit,in fact the Blueys only got into the oppositions 22 once in the entire second half.Out of the gloom their was some positives though,one of them was the game played by Clancy Henderson.he was awesome,but the team overall will have to improve a lot in their big battle next saturday for the minor premiership against Lindfield.
BM 7 (PBrombel try J Wickonden goal)
A depleted colts team were always up against it when they were overpowered by St Pats 40-14,however a much closer result should have been on the cards but the young Blueys didnt produce their best,and were hammered by the ref,and a horrific number of basic errors which hampered any chance of causing the upset.However they still had a go and none more than the usual suspects,Campbell Russell,Jared Cremona,and Luke Ruttley,its now do or die for the young Blueys on BTL day.
BM 14( T Sargeant H Cullen tries H Cullen T Sargeant cons)
Thirds ran riot again crushing Pats 43-7 to secure the minor premiership and putting them in a solid frame of mind for their BTL clash against Lindfield.As the scoreline suggests they were never in doubt,and it would not have been an injustice to call the game the Brendan Bull Show,Bully was sensational behind a dominant pack and showed all his talent and caused the home team a mountain of headaches all day,while it was also great to see his mate Rones back in the ranks of Blueys try scorers.
BM 43 ( D Want,I Junod,A Childs,T Wiseby,B Moroney S Henderson B Bull tries S Henderson 4 cons)
Fourths didnt get the result they wanted against the leaders going down 27-19,but they certainly tried all the way in a keenly contested game of Rugby.With number 8 Josh Bradford playing a blinder,the Blueys team gave it their best,and now have to face the prospect of having to beat Lindfield at home to be in the semis,a huge match on BTL at 10.45am.
BM 19 (W Murphy J Bradford N Wright tries J Bradford 2 cons)