University Secures Fourth Spot

MatchReportUniversity have completed the picture for the upcoming Semi-Finals with a 36 – 24 win over Shoalhaven to cement fourth spot on the IDRU Builders Club Premiership table. Shamrocks registered a 38 – 27 victory over Campbelltown but with one round remaining next week are now out of reach of this year’s final series.

In a match in which both sides fed off the errors of each other the Bulls ran in six tries to Shoalhaven’s four in an unconvincing performance to open up an eight point margin back to Shamrocks in fifth position, with Shoalies five points further back in sixth. Despite Shamrocks registering a 38 – 27 victory over Campbelltown, with one round remaining next week the Rocks and Shoalhaven are now out of reach of this year’s final series.

A second half sin binning cost the Shoalies dearly as the Bulls ran in two decisive tries in the ten minute period to end Shoalhavens finals hopes. The Bulls went into the match without key forwards Paul Tuala and Damien Mei but welcomed back Lock Andrew Rae from injury and produced another very sound defensive effort to repel Shoalies for lengthy periods throughout the match.

Avondale responded to some strong mid-week encouragement from Coach Murray McDonald by trouncing last placed Camden 81 – 3 at Camden Rugby Park. Wombats Major Semi-Final opponents Vikings completed a Black and Blue Cup double with a convincing 40 – 29 win over Kiama at home as they move towards their first finals campaign in three years. Bowral held a narrow 12 – 7 half-time lead over Tech Waratahs at Eridge Park before going right on with the job in the second half to register a 31 – 7 victory.

With Round 18 matches next week now amounting to a dead rubber most attention will now be focused on the Semi-Final series starting in two weeks time. Minor Premiers and Club Champions Avondale will be up against Vikings at Ocean Park Woonona on Saturday August 19, with Bowral and University competing in the Minor Semi-Final at Camden Rugby Park on Sunday August 20.

This Weeks Results

University 36 Def Shoalhaven 24

Shamrocks 38 Def Campbelltown 27

Vikings 40 Def Kiama 29

Bowral 31 Def Tech Waratahs 7

Avondale 81 Def Camden 3

Points Table – Avondale 83, Vikings 74, Bowral 56, University 53, Shamrocks 45, Shoalhaven 40, Kiama 26, Campbelltown 26, Tech Waratahs 20, Camden 18.

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