The weekend that was

Tuesday 04 April 2017

Saturday just gone saw Drury Rugby playing host to Pukekohe Pressies and Onewhero 85's. It also hosted Paul Martin who was saying goodbye to his forties......

The pressies were the curtain raiser for the 85's and Drury turned out in surprisingly good numbers. It was expected that Pukekohe, who are entered in the masters at the end of April, would have the stronger numbers but that turned out not to be the case. The game was played in typical Pressies style, a lot of vigour for the first ten minutes then settling down once fatigue set in. The game was tied up at half time but with some sound advice from the old hands in the team, Drury managed to outscore their opposition in the second half. The last few years has seen a decrease in the number of teams, so that there are now only five left, but the five that are left have got to know each other quite well, which makes for an enjoyable get together after the game. No real standouts for the game, though birthday boy Paul Martin did manage to score, which is a rare feat indeed.

The two thirty game (2.45) saw Drury's under 85's take on Onewhero. This is a new team for Drury, one that the club has not had since the eighties. They have come together for coach Mike Butcher,  from various areas and various rugby backgrounds, some having played recently and other not. If Saturdays performance is anything to go by, they seem to have come together rather nicely.

In front of a great crowd, with the sun overhead and a temperature in the mid twenties, the game was unfortunately played on a puggy Domain, with plenty of sticky mud making it difficult for both teams to keep their footing at pace and create the fast, open style that 85's is noted for.

Drury turned in a dominant performance, particularly in the forwards, which saw the Onewhero scrum forced to go to Golden Oldies. Stand out performer in a strong forward pack was Ryan Simpson, who was named Drury player of the day at the aftermatch. Drury's three tries were scored by Taylor Reedy, Brad Cochrane and Brook Tollen-Stevens but the bonus point fourth try proved elusive. Despite the underfoot conditions there was still plenty of movement in the game from both teams and only some stout defence from Drury kept Onewhero scoreless. Great result for the team, remembering that Onewhero has fielded an 85's for many years.     Final result :      Drury 15     Onewhero 0

The Clive Franks moment (the look on his face ........ priceless) of the day came at half time when the ref went to get a drink of his powerade only to find that the Drury players had drank most of it for him. (those that know Clive know he likes a litlle banter with the ref)

This week sees the 85's at Bruce Pulman Park taking on Ardmore Marist at 1.00pm.

A.M. beat last years champions Patumahoe in the weekend, so it will be a tough game for the lads. The pressies play Papakura at Massey Park, also 1.00pm. Both teams have no rugby over Easter so take the opportunity to catch one of them this weekend. I know where I will be heading........

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