Blueys v's Lane Cove

31 May 2004

Blueys v's Lane Cove The Cove Feels the Blues Last Saturday Blue Mountains Rugby hosted Lane Cove at Lapstone and for the third time this season, came away with the maximum club championship points-and second position, with wins in all 4 senior grades. The Lapstone Hotel First XV ran out comfortable winners by 34 points to 14 scoring 5 tries to 2 and maintaining second spot on the table.The Blues opened the scoring with a penalty goal to David Twomey followed by the first try to"seagulling" front rower Greg Devine for an 8 point lead.Not to be outdone, David Twomey was over the line for the next 5 pointer which he duly converted - scoreline 15-nil.Sustained pressure from the Blues saw further tries to winger Ross Kerkham and that man Twomey again who converted his second and at the break the Blues were up by 27 nil, with the bonus point earned. However the second half was not so convincing. An early try to Number 8 Ben Smith converted by Twomey took the Blues out to 34 points but they failed to capitalise almost letting Lane Cove back into contention after they scored 2 converted tries. In general play, blind side loosie Tim Edwards had a "blinder" with exceptional defence and commitment to the break down and was ably supported by Ben Smith, Nat Baker, Dean Heke and David Twomey contributing 19 points. Best & Fairest: Tim Edwards (3 points); Nat Baker(2); Ben Smith & Dean Heke(1 each); Player's Player: Ben Smith. Second Grade ran out convincing winners by 31-12 scoring four tries to two with Number 8 Matt Nelson grabbing a double. Other try scorers: Miles Oxford & James Ritchie with James adding 11 points with the boot (a personal tally of 16). Best & fairest: Matt Nelson (3); Michael Wheaton (2); Pat O'Heir(1); Player's Player: Matt Nelson. Third grade won their match by 19 - 7 with 2 tries to Johnny Tatafu and 1 to young Jake Baker who backed up from the Under 19's. Five eight Lee Hinton converting two. Best & Fairest: Luke Oxford (3); Dave McCulloch (2); Johnny Tatafu & Matt Bell (1 each); Player's Player: Russell Walsh. In an absolute blitzkreig, the Blues fourth grade outfit ran amok scoring 8 tries to nil with a scoreline of 52 to nil. Best for the Blues were Dan Mackie with a double, Rob Handley who kicked 6 conversions and robust No. 8 Lindsay Smith. Best & Fairest: Lindsay Smith (3); Rob Handley (2); Peter Rech (1); Player's Player: Dan Mackie. The Junior Blues came up against a very strong Campbelltown outfit and went down by 48 -12. The Boys never stopped trying with centre Ben Dorrell showing his class.Try scorer was Josh Lowndes. Best & fairest: Ben Dorrell (3); James O'Brien (2); Nathan Maguire/Ben Tate/Richard van Os (1 each); Player's Player: Ben Dorrell.
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