Solid effort yet no reward against defending premiers

It was a solid effort from the Dukes side this past Saturday, however injuries and white-line fever halted them on more than one occasion, allowing the Sea-Lice to capitalise and score a 38-14 victory.

For much of the first half, the Dukes were camped in the Sea-Lice’s half of the field yet were unable to cross the line with handling errors and turnovers at the breakdown costing them. 2 long range tries from the Sea-Lice plus a nice back line move set up another for a 19-0 halftime lead. This could have very easily been 14-14 (or similar) with the amount of possession and position the Dukes had, just being unlucky and pushing the final pass or using too much of the field allowed the Sea-Lice to regain the ball and push down field fast in counter attack.

After half time, the Dukes struck back through fullback Reece Milne making the score 19-7 after the successful conversion. Much of the same occured again with the Dukes not being able to capitalise on the amount of possession and the Sea-Lice using the ball on the outside to gain valuable field position. This resulted in another 2 tries, pushing the score to 33-7.

10 minutes to go in the half, the Dukes had the feed to the scrum, 10 out from the Sea-Lice line. After a masterful play call from the front row club, damaging centre Isreal Seufale was put in at #8. Drawing in two Sea-Lice defenders he offloaded the ball to captain Stefan von Zelewski who finished over the line under the posts for the Dukes second try.

From the kick off, the Dukes attempted to spin the ball wide and lost possession to the Sea-Lice. 3 phases later they worked themselves into a 3 on 2 situation and put themselves over for the final try of the day, 38-14 the final score.

Coaches points on the day went to;
3 – Isreal Seufale (Reserve – Outside Back)
2 – Reece Milne (Fullback)
1 – Phil Hughes (Wing)

3 rounds into the season and the Dukes could almost fill out an entire squad with those in the casualty ward at this stage. We wish all those who are injured a speedy recovery and hope to see you on the field soon.

In other matches occuring this round, a few upsets around the grounds. Engadine thumped the Convicts 58-19 despite 3 yellow cards, and Maccabi sprung an upset at home over Burraneer 28-24 thanks to the boot of their flyhalf.

This week the Dukes take on Maccabi at Booralee Park from 3.15 pm. Stay tuned for the match preview.