Dukes vs Burraneer Wrap

It was a great way to start the season with a win.  The Duke were solid winners with a 29-24 defeat
of Burraneer.
The game was always going to be solid with 2 of the bigger packs in the
Meldrum cup.  The score line suggests a
closer game but the Dukes were by far the better team all over the park.  Only some missed conversations from
Alexandria and a couple of penalties from Buraneer keeping the result close.
From the kick off the Dukes had a few scrappy plays and had a few
penalties against them, losing starting Fly Half Aaron Nunn in the 3rd
play of the game with a recurring hand injury. 
However the Dukes recomposed themselves to score the first points from a
quick break and a rolling maul for Zak to go over for the Dukes first try of
the season.  The try was unconverted.
Dukes 5-0.
Defence was key for the Dukes and there were some massive hits in the
backs and the forwards.  The 2nd
try of the match went to Burraneer through an intercept try which could have
gone either way should it have hit the intended mark.  The Burraneer 10 plucked the ball out of the
air and juggled it before running 60 metres. 
The try was converted and the score was 7-5.
From the restart the Dukes attacked in both attack and defence.  Some solid running from Dukes Debutant Cam
Cooper and fitness Guru Kymm “Sarge” Beer put Burraneer on the backfoot.  From a penalty the Dukes set the line out and
it was Sarge who ran 35 metres palming 5 or 6 porpoises to go over for his
first try of the season.  Conversion
unsuccessful and the score remained 10-7
The Dukes pushed the play around the park but got a bit careless in and
around the ruck giving penalties away.  After
a couple of penalties the referee gave both clubs a warning.  Burraneer slotted a penalty goal from 35
metres out to even the game. 10-10.
Solid clean out and multiple penalties for of side saw the Dukes take control
of the first half from here on and Burraneer did not have much of the ball at
all.  The Burraneer 2nd rower
was Yellow carded for infringements and shortly after one of the Dukes Hooker
Zac went over for his 2nd try of the afternoon.  Try unconverted 15 – 10
8 players got their starting Cap for the Dukes this week and all were
playing exceptionally well.  One of the 8
Vladislav was actually playing his first competition game ever and after a move
to the wing picked up a try, after some fast hands and smart thinking from 2nd
Fly half Ryan Bowring, got the ball to him and he ran 60 metres showing some
great pace to go under the posts.  Try
converted by Kelly Wilson, another who was pulling on the Dukes colours for the
first time in a competition match. Score 22 – 10.
The Dukes looked ready to score again, but some poor handling let
Burraneer off.  They got a lucky kick away
after, and only some misfielding at the back and an offside, gave them an
opportunity to again put over a penalty, but they decided to try and run the
ball.  This was a mistake, with the
Porpoises being manhandled.  Half-time
score 22-10.
The 2nd half started with a strong showing for the Dukes,
pushing the ball around the park and smashing the Burraneer boys into the Nagle
Turf.  Esei on debut was formidable in the
centres in both attack and defence.  More
strong running from the Dukes back 3 and followed up by some great wide running
saw Captain Tom O’Connor over for another great Dukes team try.  29-10.
The Dukes defence was still very strong, but a couple of lapses at the
breakdown saw Burraneer get an opportunity to get back in the game with 20
minutes to go.  They scored a good try
finished off with a strong maul.  The try
was converted and the score was 29-17.
The Dukes really grinded the game down at their own pace, and whilst Burraneer
had the Lions share of the ball they could not get through the defence.  Sarge was yellow carded with 15 minutes to go, for a what can only be
described as a referee melt down. 
However the Dukes rallied, and even with 7 in the scrum showed the
strength to keep going forward. 
Burraneer looking out on their feet got another lucky kick and put some
pressure on, and with a penalty for killing the ball they had a chance to get a
bit closer, but that was all it was.  It
was the last play.  Burraneer went over
after 10 phases and the try was converted to make the final score 29-24.
Man of the Match was Ryan Bowring who got the Referees 3 points as well
as the Dukes points.
Great effort and a few things to think about for next week, but very promising.
Dukes 29 (Tries,
Z. Poliva 2, K. Beer, V. Yershov, T. O’Connor; Conversions R Bowring 0/1, K. Wilson 2/4)

Burraneer 24 (Tries,
 J. Moore, Z Robertson, S Chiou; Conversions L. Matai; Penalties L. Matai)

Referees Points
3pts – Dukes 12 – Ryan Bowring
2pts – Burraneer 2 – Daniel Kritzler
1pt – Dukes 7 – Cameron Cooper
Dukes points
3pts – Ryan Bowring
2pts – Zak Poliva

1pt – Cameron Cooper

First Caps players
Dane Le Ray
Alex Cavanaugh
Cameron Cooper
Sam Ryan
Phil Hughes
Ben Stepkovitch
Vladislav Yershov
Esei Tu’Ipultou
Kelly Wilson*
Brendan Hoskins*
Brody *
Paul Blake*
* Reserve

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