Blue Mountains Rugbys sensational return to top flight Rugby reached another huge milestone Saturday when they proved too strong for defending premiers Petersham 40-29,and to add further to the insult this remarkable victory was inflicted on the Shammies own home turf.After wins against two of last years lesser lights the Blueys had their first really big test and passed with flying colours to move into outright first spot,who in their wildest dreams could have predicted this lofty position so early.The Mountains machine,played some really good rugby all the way through the game,and right from the kick off fired on all cylinders and shot to a 20-0 lead,before the home team pegged them back with two quick tries,but we always looked to be the team to beat and went on with the job to score a well deserved victory.Petersham based their premiership last year on their rugged forwards but they were stunned by the Blueys eight,and how hot is prop Graham Kondek playing at the moment,he smashed them in attack and defence,while Joel Togos versatility and class was a joy to watch.Its still a long way to go,but if this team can continue to improve and play this kind of Rugby,and stay fit and healthy ,who knows what they can achieve.
BM 40 (G Kondek J Togo A Pinson M Green tries D Kroll 4 cons 4 pens)
B&F 3 G Kondek 2 J Togo 1 M Patterson PP Joel Togo
Seconds once again came together and played positive rugby to record a crucial 24-6 win over the well fancied home team.The Blueys adapted to Petershams style of play so well,and beat them at their own game with a delicate mixture of class and ability.When looking for those to give special mention to,it was hard to go past Brad Kenny who once again was outstanding,and of course Will Hannen continues to blitz em on the side of the scrum.
BM 24 (M Mapuilsua E Balevalu H Kirkwood tries J Richey 3 cons pen)
B&F 3 B Kenny 2 W Hannen 1 E Balevalu PP B Kenny/W Hannen
Colts looked to have paid the price early for having the week off,which seemed to affect their defence which is usually their strong point,and the much fitter home team took full advantage.Once they got into gear it was game on and they lost no friends in a 22-17 loss.Darcy Thompson and Damon Lee looked great in attack,Callan Ross-Lauer was impressive,but there was no doubt Rugby machine Luke Ruttley was man of the match playing some awsome Rugby.
BM ( D Thompson D Lee K Doyle tries J Sheilles con)
B&F 3 L Ruttley 2 D Lee 1 C Ross Lauer
Thirds were in a great mindset for their game but in the end were pipped 7-5.They were dominant in the set piece plays,the scrum was great,two tight heads,but errors crept in and cost the boys dearly at crucial stages but there is too much talent for them not to learn their lesson,amongst plenty of good players on the day,Matt Wilton put in a master class in the tight stuff,with plenty of great support from the likes of Isaac,Senitielli,and Clancy,while Luke produced plenty of footy magic behind a great pack.
BM 5 (L Mclean try)
B&F 3 M Wilton 2 L Ramms 1 S Tukana PP Clancy Henderson
Fourths put in a shocker against a superior oppositon thrashed 39-0.The boys played well in the first half at times,but defence faded badly in the second, poor respect for the ball,and a bit of silly football also cost them dearly.However,this team will bounce back,and there were some bright spots, who could not be impressed by Rowan Sargeant once again who really deserved man of the match honours,while Wade also contributed plenty.
B&F 3 R Sargeant 2 W Murphy 1 B Moroney PP Wade Murphy
The fifths played some good footy but the opposition were a level above us in fitness and that got them home 17-7.New skipper Jock Needham as usual was al class and quality,brilliant man of the match Brendan Moroney and Tom Graham were great out wide,Moo proved to be a constant pest in the lineouts for the locals,while Adam and Pat gave the Blueys every chance with solid displays.
BM ( J Brown try D Pointois con)
B&F 3 B Moroney 2 P Cromie 1 A Carauna PP Mick Haumu