Blueys v's Briars

23 May 2004

Blueys v's Briars Blue Mountains Rugby travelled to Concord last Saturday for the all important clash against Burwood Briars to decide the outcome of second position on the competition ladder. In a somewhat scrappy game the Blues First XV went down to Briars by 29 points to 23. The Blues started solidly and early in the piece Number 8 Ben Smith was over for the first try; converted by Dave Twomey for a 7 point lead. However due to some lapses in defence Briars scored 3 tries, a conversion and a penalty goal and surged to a 22 points to 7 lead. Just before half time Dave Twomey slotted over a penalty goal and at the break the scoreline read 22-10. The Blues opened the scoring in the second half with a try to prop Aaron McGhee; converted by Twomey who also snared his second penalty goal and the Blues were within 2 points and it was anybody's game. However a fourth try to Briars (converted) saw them out by 7 points again. Then the Blues were awarded a penalty right in front and a crucial decision not to kick for goal backfired with the Blues turning over possession again. A further penalty goal to Twomey took the final score to 29-23. Sound games from Ben Smith who never stopped trying and new hooker Dean Heke. In Second Grade, after 70 minutes in a dour struggle, the teams could not be split, nor could either side score with the result a nil all draw. Third Grade were on the receiving end of a rugby lesson, going down by 29 points to nil. Fourth Grade were the only winners on the day with a polished 20 points to 5 victory. Pivot Mick Down was inspirational with a try, 2 conversions and 2 penalty goals for a personal tally of 15 points. Veteran flanker Chris Hughes was the player of the game and was in everything. Next week the Blues are back home at Lapstone Oval where they will take on Lane Cove. For further information on club activities contact Chris Moloney on 0408 295 297
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