Tech Waratahs Are Back

MatchReportTech Waratahs continued their resurgence in the 2018 IDRU Builders Club Premiership prevailing 36 – 12 over a disappointing Campbelltown to remain in touch with the top four sides. Moving to equal fifth on the table just one win out of the top four, Tech Tahs ran in four tries in the first half to take a strangle hold on the contest with a 24 – 5 lead at the break. 

Although once again showing a clear dominance at the scrum over their opponents for the second week running, the Quinnies lacked the drive and enterprise to go with the home side in the first forty minutes. Tech Tahs were much busier than their opponents in the first fifteen minutes of the match with centers Vincent Wise and Nevan Bergan taking full advantage of their forwards hard work continually opening up the Quinnies defensive line.

Bergen crossed for the first try after veteran Lock Tim Olsen produced a well-directed long pass to create space for his center to race away and score after four minutes. Big No. 8 Paula Vakaruru scored a powerful try on the back of some more enterprising play from Vincent Wise who took play thirty meters down field with a blistering run only to be pulled down just short of the line. Vakaruru forced his way over from the ensuing ruck to give Tech Tahs the lead 10 – 0 after fourteen minutes.

Campbelltown got one back through center Travis Dombroski after being able to maintain their attack in the Tahs quarter for a period. The try came as they controlled possession for a long period asking plenty of questions of a well-organized Tech Tahs defensive line. Eventually Dombroski found himself on the end of an overlap wide on the left to score for a 10 – 5 score-line to Tech at the twenty second minute mark.

The final fifteen minutes of the half was action packed. Tech Tahs scored two converted tries in the space of three minutes, the first by hard working front rower Jake Davey who burrowed his way over from close range. The second came shortly after the restart with a phenomenal play instigated by Fly Half Patrick Logan from inside his own half when he daringly put on a chip kick behind the Quinnies defensive line some forty meters out from his own line. The perfect bounce resulted and center Vincent Wise raced the sixty meters to score an amazing try and with two conversions to Ethan Maker the Tahs had extended the lead to 24 – 5.

Campbelltown responded with a strong period of effort taking play back deep into the Tech Waratahs quarter testing the Tahs defense once again. A period of intense play close to the line saw tempers flare with a nasty altercation developing involving a number of players from both sides. When peace was restored Referee Fred Whiteman, after conferring with his Assistant Referee, dismissed Campbelltown center Elijah Sa and Tech Waratahs Flanker Bryn Edwards to the Sin Bin for striking.

Tech Waratahs were dominant for the first twenty minutes after the break crossing for two more tries. The first to Tim Olsen following a lengthy period where the Tahs pressured the Quinnies line and the second to busy Hooker Taniela Tuipulotu which was converted by Vincent Wise.

The Quinnies regrouped and were able to exert considerable pressure on the Tahs over the final twenty minutes of the match. Their form in this period of the match was sadly missing earlier and indicated their true potential. Hard working Halfback Mitchell Gordon was rewarded with a try after making a clever break thirty meters out and evading two defenders to score next to the posts. Gordon converted himself bringing up the final score.

Tech Tahs center Nevan Bergan took Man of the Match honors with his center partner Wise not far behind. Hooker Tuipulotu. Lock Olsen, Prop Jake Davey and Flanker Bryn Edwards were also prominent. The dark days of the past couple of seasons may well be behind them in 2018.  

Campbelltown Flanker Aaron Loxley worked hard throughout with Prop Alex Sherwin and Lock Isu Ben Meafua working well. Halfback Gordon was very busy trying to ignite the Campbelltown effort with center Elijah Sa and fullback Greg Dunn busy. Campbelltown showed glimpses of what they are capable of but must find more intensity in their game if they are to figure in any further into the competition.

Tech Waratahs 36 (Nevan Bergan 1 try, Paula Vakaruru 1 try, Jake Davey 1 try, Tim Olsen 1 try, Taniela Tuipulotu 1 try, Vincent Wise 1 try, 1 goal, Ethan Maker 2 goals)

Def Campbelltown 12 (Travis Dombroski 1 try, Mitchell Gordon 1 try, 1 goal)

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