The Dukes put on 10 tries in a 56-28 victory over local rivals Maccabi in a game that was much the opposite to the round 4 encounter between the 2 clubs. Strong games from all players across the paddock saw the boys take out maximum points to keep the season alive with the final slate of games still to play.
Things started off with a bang, a try to centre Israel Seufale coupled with some smashmouth defence from him and centres partner Liam Pakau, followed by another try to fullback Andrew Johnston put the Dukes out to a 12-0 lead within the first 15 minutes. Maccabi struck back after a 5m lineout move which saw their hooker score untouched in the corner. 12-7 to the Dukes.
The ball found it’s way into the capable hands of scrumhalf Manny Grundy who was able to make good on the broken field play to extend the lead out to 19-7. Yet again the determined Maccabi outfit put one past the Dukes defence with a chip and chase, closing the gap to just 5 points. However once again the experience and chemistry in the centres saw Liam Pakau put winger Nick Serafin away in the corner on half time, the score 22-14.
Soon after half time, the dominant Dukes scrum put Maccabi on the backfoot with Reece Milne able to capitalise, breaking through 3 defenders to dot the ball over the line to extend the lead out to 27-14. Maccabi were able to break through again, bringing the score to 27-21 yet that was as close as they were to come on the day.
An additional 5 tries were put on through Benni Seufale, 2 to Fraser Lamont and another each to the halves combination of Reece Milne and Manny Grundy. These points would not have been possible if not for the bustling forward runs from Jarrod Ferreira, Chris Stephenson, a returning Andrew Meiklejohn and AJ Wright off the bench coupled with the skillful and powerful outside backs lead by Israel Seufale showing the way forward to Tyron Ahmat and Brodie Bailey.
Special mention must go to Liam Pakau who played selflessly all day with the ball in hand, assisting in at least 3 tries directly as well as hard hitting defence saw him take out the referee’s Man of the Match honours.
On another note, if anyone sees a kicking tee around or even better yet, a goal kicker, send them our way! 3 conversions of 10 attempts kicking on the weekend saw the Dukes miss out on 14 points in the match. Shocking!
The netball ladies have had the week off for the school holiday period (as is the case this week as well) so the girls have been resting up the knees and ankles getting ready to attack the final half of their season, hoping for a big finals push.
Other games in the competition saw Burraneer too strong at home over the Convicts 51-0 and an early Sea Lice onslaught was too much for Engadine to fight back from , going down 28-19.
This weekend the Dukes travel far south to Engadine to start off the final round of matches to take on the Lions on their Ladies Day. Please invite your better half for a great afternoon of rugby action on and off the field as Engadine is known for a great brand of rugby on field and tremendous hospitality off the field. Kick off is at 3.15pm at Old Bush Road Oval in Yarrawarrah.