Although it was Round 4, it was only the second game of the season for the Uni Saints, following the wash out of Round 2 and the bye in Round 3.
It was a bit like starting all over again …
… and the Under 18s Western Lions – Uni did just that … started again where they left off. Another emphatic victory by 34 – 10.
With only 16 players to work with and playing away in the Burdekin, Cookie had his work cut out for him to keep the players focused. But they did what they do best and that’s scoring tries. Two tries to Adam Wilson continues his good form and the player of the game was Paul Bungungan.
Who’s not a happy camper then? Coach ‘Doigy’ that’s who. With a completion rate of only nine sets out of thirty, those perecentages were still not as low as how the boys were feeling after the game. Despite the poor completions, they still only lost by 22-16 which is once again testament to their resilient defence. Doigy is still trying to get all his combinatinos sorted and hopes to see some improvement in coming rounds.
Cameron Miller who locked the scrum was the stand out in the match, but, unfortunately some bad news for Kevin Tamwoy who suffered a broken leg.
When things are going bad, sometimes it’s hard to stop the rot, and that was the case in A Grade. In his first game back from a shoulder dislocation, Cameron Wilson suffered the same fate again during the game and after clawing their way back to 24-22 down with 20 minutes to play, the Saints felt they had the momentum. That momentum was halted by just one finger … the Referee’s, as he pointed to the dressing room when sending Ben Morgan off for an alleged shoulder charge that made contact with the head of an opponent. The fact that Morgan was later exonerated due to no evidence of contact with the head, was little consolation to coach ‘Marto’ who was lamenting his run of bad luck. Ricky Bourke toiled hard all day and in the end, with a man down, the A Graders lost 34-22.
THIS WEEK in Round 5, The Saints travel to the Northern Beaches to play the new Norths team on Sunday (22nd). With Nathaniel Bowman and Fred Haynes being picked for Foley Shield duty on Saturday, it’s hoped they come through unscathed and are able to back up for the Saints.