Dukes take two from three in final trial day

The Dukes were able to come away with 2 wins from their 3 games on Saturday in a strong showing from the club. In what was again, a very hot day, the fitness was put to the test yet all players were able to make it through the games relatively unscathed.

To start the day, the Dukes took on Convicts’ 2nd XV. Despite some mistakes with the ball in hand, the scrums looked very solid with at least 3 won against the feed throughout the game. 2 tries from Reece Milne helped the Dukes shoot out to an unassailable lead. The Dukes winning their first trial 24 – 0.

The second game was a tougher affair facing the Convicts 1st XV. While the scoreline showed a loss, the Dukes played hard across the field and were unlucky not to have put up points, having numerous shots at the Convicts line but not able to come up with the goods. Dukes going down 12 – 0.

Last game of the day had the Dukes taking on Engadine. Both sides were well and truly out on their feet by the time this fixture came about however both teams put on a show and played some hard-nosed football. A lone try from Phil Hughes was the deciding factor in the end, the Dukes winning out 5 – 0.

For scores from the other games played on the day, please see below for a full run down.

Many thanks to both the Sydney Convicts and Engadine Lions for travelling to Botany for the afternoon. Also thanks to our sponsors; Captain Cook Hotel, TLH Group Recruiting, Robson & Robson Property and South Coogee Bowling Club. Without your help, the club would not be able to continue the way it is.

A reminder to all of you reading this that next week (April 13th) is our 2019 season opening event at the South Coogee Bowling Club, kicking off at 2 pm. Be sure to head over to the “Events” tab above to stay up to date with all club occasions.

1.30 pmDukes Rugby240Convicts 2’s
2 pmEngadine Lions012Convicts 1’s
2.30 pmDukes Rugby012Convicts 1’s
3 pmEngadine Lions145Convicts 2’s
3.30 pmDukes Rugby50Engadine Lions
CancelledConvicts 1’s00Convicts 2’s

Dukes take Indianna Challenge Trophy in nail biter

The Dukes took home their first piece of silverware this weekend after a tightly fought contest against Rouse Hill 33-31. The preseason match, played for the Indiana Challenge Cup, was contested in considerably tough conditions with the heat and humidity really showing through on the day.

Not deterred by the superior player numbers on show by the opposition, the Dukes rallied together from the get go. While the boys were relatively physically fit (many thanks to Sarah from Pure Performance Coach for helping whip the boys into a shape that didn’t resemble a slob that hadn’t even thought of Rugby for 2019), match fitness can be an entirely new beast to tame, especially on a day where heat is a factor.

After the cobwebs were shaken out, the Dukes started to hit it into gear, showing some great hits, skillful offloads and tricky footwork on the way to bagging 5 tries in the 80 minute hit out. The set pieces for the Dukes looked fantastic with a solid scrum base and some nice work at line out time, giving the halves time and space to work their magic.

The game itself was very back and forth with both teams being able to score tries in reply to the other. With 5 minutes left, the scores even at 26-26, fly half Stefan von Zelewski took matters into his own hands, blasting through the opposition line and stepping the fullback to score under the sticks the converted his own try to top it all off. 33-26 in favour of the Dukes.

From the ensuing kick off, the Dukes lost possession and with the Renegades inside the attacking 22, the Renegades fly half threw a half field pass to their right winger, who despite having debuting lock Jackson Corry wrapped around his waist was (only just) able to dot the ball down in the corner. 33-31 still on the side of the Dukes.

The Renegades missed the conversion attempt and that’s the way the scoreline stayed until the referee blew full time a very short time later. A well deserved win for all the preseason work put in, with the Dukes taking out the Indianna Challenge Cup for 2019.

Also, many thanks must be given to the Renegades for being amazing hosts for the day and (as announced by the Renegades Facebook page) raising over $11k in donations for the Westmead Childrens Hospital.