Razzle Dazzle Premiers Blitz Blueys

MatchReportDefending Premiers Avondale Wombats have turned on the Razzle Dazzle in a nine tries to two, 55 – 12 demolition of Grand Finalists Vikings at Gerry Cappetta Oval. A jubilant Wombats Coach Murray MacDonald was ecstatic with his team’s performance. “I’m very happy. It was our best performance of the year. We’ve made a couple of changes to our backline structure and it really came good today”, said the premiership winning coach after his sides twelfth win of the year  

The switching of Silipa Tuigamala from Fly-Half to Fullback following the Wombats loss to Bowral paid huge dividends today with the flamboyant fullback scoring two tries and having a hand in several others. A Bonus Point earning four tries were on the board by the break and five more followed the interval in what was a completely dominant performance from the Premiers.

Vikings started the match with plenty of structure and composure taking the lead through a try by winger Adam Rodd after ten minutes and looked to be building for a strong performance against the competition leaders.

Wombats Fly Half Antonio Ale responded minutes later for Avondale with a try that sparked the Wombat attacking machine into action. Ale scored after Flanker Gus Faleauto made a charging run at the Vikings line which inspired the Wombat pack to knuckle down to their work.

Led up front by their young front rowers, the Amone brothers, Anthony and little brother Tavite, and impressive Hooker Jeromy Cairns the Wombats powered into their game as the Vikings defense fell apart. Winger Jesse Leng crossed after Tuigamala bumped off two defenders opening up a clear run to the line for his wingman.

With the Vikings one on one defensive effort leaving a lot to be desired Avondale launched wave after wave of attack at the Vikings line. After Wombats had players held up over the line by desperate and tiring Vikings defenders on two occasions, Lock Amulone Ika scored a converted try and shortly after winger Blake Spencer took advantage of a wicked bounce from an Antonio Ale attacking kick to post his side’s fourth try. Tuigamala converted two of the tries as the Wombats took a 24 – 5 lead to the break.

Four more tries came in the space of seventeen minutes after the interval. Tavite Amone opened the scoring with an innocuous break sprinting away like a center from thirty out to score. Tuigamala put on two tries toying with the below par Vikings defensive effort with Anthony Amone posting one in between from close range.

Vikings Coach Sean Barrett made changes in an effort to lift his sides performance which had the desired effect as the Blueys managed to stem the tide momentarily. Blake Spencer got his second for the day to complete the scoring for Wombats in a try that featured half the Avondale side as they expressed their willingness to attack in fine style. With three conversions coming from Tuigamala the Wombats had extended the lead to 55 – 5 with twelve minutes left.  

Barrett cleared his bench in the dying stages of the match as the Blueys improved their execution with one of their best Prop Josh Wigmore getting a consolation four pointer to bring up the final score right on fulltime. In what was a very disappointing Vikings effort Flanker Dane Nethery, prop Wigmore and center Beau Midgley survived the match with their reputations intact. Vikings now find themselves in fourth spot with Shamrocks just five behind after their 33 – 18 win over Shoalhaven. The Blueys will need to lift their effort in coming weeks if they are to retain their spot in the upcoming finals.  

The Wombat performance today was built on their go forward with the Amone brothers prominent as back rowers Gus Faleauto, Kyle Moody and big No.8 Tuu Taiti-Taanoa produced powerful games as well. The attacking brilliance of the Avondale backline was at its best showing that if they are given any latitude at all they will make their opponents suffer. Antonio Ale at Fly-Half showed an ability to make space for his outside backs with Tuigamala and centers Nua Alone and Andre Itula enjoying the extra opportunities.

Avondale 55 (Blake Spencer 2 tries, Antonio Ale 1 try, Jesse Leng 1 try, Amulone Ika 1 try, Tavite Amone 1 try, Anthony Amone 1 try, Silipa Tuigamala 2 tries, 5 goals)

Def Vikings 12 (Adam Rodd 1 try, Joshua Wigmore 1 try, Nathan Wilson 1 goal)

Other Match Results

Bowral 53 Def Campbelltown 14

Shamrocks 33 Def Shoalhaven 18

Tech Waratahs 44 Def Camden 10

University 68 Def Kiama 19   

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