The Dukes put another one in the win column for both 1st and 2nd grade this past weekend, making amends for previous indiscretions in the season which saw the club stripped of points across all grades for a breach of the tolerable level for red cards. The club would like to thank all players and supporters not only for making the trip out to Lyne Park in Rose Bay, but also for everyone’s understanding and support after what has been a trying few weeks for all involved.
On to the action and 2nds started out the day in a tight tussle with Maccabi, running out winners 19-17 thanks to a late try by Mikaira Selwyn and a conversion by the ice-veined Josh Wilson. There was plenty of individual brilliance on display and we hope that this can meld into a cohesive unit coming into the back half of the season with captain Josh Wilson and vice-captain Rob Kahui leading the way forward.
1sts continued on in a tight contest with Maccabi’s strong scrum and lineout play making life difficult. A try to Maccabi on the halftime whistle saw them draw within 2 however it was as close as they would get on the day. The Dukes strong forward play lead the way with the acrobatic wrecking ball Saupo Aigamaua along with Benny Seufale, Pelili Tito and Sione Tui providing big runs, big hits and a solid platform for captain Reece Milne to have one of his better games in Dukes colours at the base of the ruck.
The backline was in fine form from the get go, fly half Nathan Tui crossing for a try himself as well as feeding the ball to inside centre Israel Seufale for his strong runs forward and into the open spaces. Big games as well came from Puna Fotu at fullback, the young man able to trick defenders with underrated power along with his fast feet, and Shondre de Silva off the bench slotting into outside centre was quick as a hiccup and made the opposition pay if they made the smallest mistake.
Solid defense was the order of the day as well with big defensive games from Daniel Keogh, Israel Seufale, Sione Tui, Saupo Aigamaua and vice captain Zinzan Mann nursing an injured ankle.
This week the Dukes take on friendly rivals Rouse Hill Renegades in a replay of the Indianna Challenge Trophy charity match from earlier this season. It should also be noted that due to several factors, the Dukes will no longer be fielding a 3rd grade side. This is one of many changes that have befallen the club in recent weeks.
The club would also like to take this opportunity to state that no player has been “let go” or “released” from the Dukes and that all playing members that have played for the club this season as more than welcome to play for the Dukes provided they agree to the updated set of guidelines as set out in our Code of Conduct including changes to training expectations and times, selection policies and a card policy.