Avondale Thrash Defending Premiers

MatchReportThe Avondale Wombats have made their most emphatic statement of the year handing out a 53 – 14 thrashing to IDRU defending Premiers University. In a completely dominate first half performance in which the Wombats crossed for six tries, the Bulls had no answer to the power game of the competition leaders. With big forwards Anthony Amone, Steven Fuka and Shane Makea charging forward University were totally outmuscled as Avondale set up a match winning 34 – 0 half time lead.

To their credit the Bulls came out after the break and put plenty of pressure on the Wombat defensive line but were unable to break through until the last ten minutes of the match. Avondale had added three more tries to establish a fifty three point lead before going into cruise mode over the dying stages of the match allowing the Bulls to put on two late tries.

With the Wombat forwards owning the middle of the field and having a completely dominate scrum throughout the match the Avondale attacking machine was in full swing with try doubles to Winger Blake Spencer and prop Anthony Amone. Andre Itula was outstanding out wide running at will scoring once himself and having a hand in five of the other eight Wombat tries. The performance was even more meritorious as the Wombats played most of the match without outstanding fly half Silipa Tuigamala who was once again left out of the starting side after he missed training through the week. As a second half replacement, Tuigamala scored a try himself and combined brilliantly with his captain Itula to set up Blake Spencer’s second try.

With Amone taking the side forward from the start the first try to Spencer was scored after one minute with the winger taking full advantage of the space made available to him by Itula. Minutes later after a tight head scrum win close to the Uni line, flanker Kearin Jack carried two defenders over the line after a stepping run from ten metres out. The third try came from Amone when he found himself in an attacking position out in the backline and after running more like a centre he scored the sides third try after twenty minutes play.

Itula scored next with a scything run from forty out, scoring without a defensive player laying a hand on him. The next try came from the restart when Uni failed to kick the ball ten metres and a scrum was ordered on the halfway. Itula broke free down the left and produced a beautiful flick pass infield to a well positioned Blake Spencer, who resembled a pin ball as he bounced off defenders before finding fly half Antonio Ale on the burst who scored the sides fifth try. Amone finished off the scoring for the first half with a strong bullocking run from close range. With only two of the tries converted the Wombats had established a commanding 34 – 0 half time advantage.

The Bulls started the second term at pace and with some outstanding work from Flankers Damien Mei and Takunda Chimwaza along with Lock William Wood the Bulls put plenty of pressure on the Wombat line but were unable to break through the strong Avondale defensive pattern. In the best period of the match for the Bulls it was fifteen minutes before more Wombat tries came. Replacement forward William Taiti-Taanoa scored from close range after a series of mauls before Blake Spencer got his second in what was the try of the match. Tuigamala started the play with a strong run from just in his own half before he put Itula into space and the big centre drew the defence for Spencer to race away and score. With the try converted by Tuigamala the Wombats were now out to 46 – 0 after sixty minutes. With ten minutes left Tuigamala backed up another strong run from Itula to bump off several would be tacklers in a thirty metre run to score and convert the final Wombat try.

Sam Latu scored the first of Uni’s late tries when he ran at a clever angle to break through the Wombat line. Replacement forward Bailey Lamb scored from close range in the dying moments of the match and with Tom Baker converting both tries the final score was complete.

In a beaten side University No.8 Damien Mei was outstanding, with young Flanker Chimwaza not far behind. Lock William Wood worked hard throughout earning points in the IDRU Player of the Year award. Missing players today away at the Cockatoos match in Newcastle, the Bulls will be happy to see the rep season behind them. Despite the loss today they retain fourth spot on the table but now need to build on their recent performances if they are to be any chance of repeating last year’s premiership winning late season run.

Avondale Coach Murray MacDonald rated the performance as the best from his side all season. “I couldn’t be happier with how we went today, it was definitely our most complete display of the year. Our structures are improving and I know we can play to a high standard on a consistent basis. I’m not getting carried away though, the way the competition is you only need to have an off day and you will get beaten”.

The best for the Wombats today were Anthony Amone and Steve Fuka up front and along with great performances from Itula, Spencer and Tuigamala in the backs, centre Nua Alone took maximum points in the Player of the Year for his high impact defensive game and strong supportive attacking game.

Avondale 53 (Blake Spencer 2 tries, Anthony Amone 2 tries, Kearin Jack 1 try, Antonio Ale 1 try, William Taiti-Taanoa 1 try, Andre Itula 1 try, 1 goal, Silipa Tuigamala 1 try, 2 goals, Jacob Kara 1 goal)

Def University 14 (Sam Latu 1 try, Bailey Lamb 1 try, Tom Baker 2 goals)

Other Match Results

Bowral 40 Def Shamrocks 36

Kiama 19 Def Campbelltown 15

Shoalhaven 38 Def Tech Waratahs 31

Vikings 45 Def Camden 21

You are here: Home Avondale Thrash Defending Premiers