Two weeks since last confession.

Tuesday 23 May 2017

A bye for the 85s and an away game against Puke for the pressies was the clubs lot for May 13. Another lovely day for rugby but somehow, someone managed to cancell the junior rugby for the day......... wtf. Puke pressies put on a great game and a great aftermatch with rugby the winner on the day. Looking forward to their company again in the second round. It was a fast paced game with a lot of open running rugby from the Drury men with a two or three try advantage at the final whistle. Puke have some very large lads across the whole field and proved a handful when they had ball in hand. Some marvelous trys scored by both teams. The match was for the "friendship cup", (something new since players from both teams combined to form a team for the just-finished masters games) and is to be played for each time these two sides meet.

May 20 saw the pressies hosting Kura at home on a gnarly afternoon. No cacellation of junior rugby had the Drury Domain looking a little worse for wear but was mostly just surface mud, nothing too deep. Not the usual big turnout from the players though (too wet?), but true winter conditions saw a 13/14-a-side game take place after a delayed start.

Despite the conditions, some good skills were shown by both teams and plenty of tries followed. First game for Georgie (Ihaia's soul mate) after playing a few for the Rewa womens team, awarded player of the day and had a good go at the DB in the aftermatch.

The pressies have a bye this weekend and no rugby over Queens Birthday so dont play again till June 10, when the game against Weymouth will be the curtainraiser for the 85's v Bombay game.

Last Sat the under 85's travelled to Waiuku looking for another win to keep them in the top four. Management declared this their best performance so far this season - coming away with a four try to one bonus point victory 24-8.

With a cracking start, in attrocious conditions, they were soon up one try with Vinny Long touching down in the first five minutes. Another try to centre Ryan Butcher saw them into the break 14-0 up. Playing into the conditions saw Waiuku come back in the second half to close the gap to six points but late tries to halfback Dan Power and flying winger James Albert got them home.

The forwards once again provided the go-forward platform for the backs to have a crack which also set up Dan Power to be named as the man-of-the-match. Strong performances across the park and a special mention for Jarred Johnston for a standout performance. Sad news that Stu Franks' return has been delayed due to him agravating his knee injury while trying to rescue a cat from a burning house (not really....he fell off the couch) Get better soon.........

This week the team travel to Onewhero for a 1.00pm kick off. They would love your support so head on up the hill and make some noise.


Till next week

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