Uni-North Owls have made a statement to the competition with a huge win over Easts 48-12. The win puts the Owls back into the top four of the competition, and Easts continue their winless start to the season. The OWLS also won back the Owen Brown Cup which is played for annually and commemorates the contribution of Owen Brown as a former player, administrator and life member for Ainslie, Majura, Dickson Old Boys and Easts and the 80 year old rivalry between the clubs.
The attacking power and flair of the Owls was on display for the home fans at North Oval, amassing seven tries in their run away win.
It took ten minutes for the Owls to crack the Easts defence. Eventually the scoring began with a penalty goal to Owls fullback Jordan Thompson following a ruck penalty. Three minutes later prop Isileli Fa powered over from short distance to score the opening try.
The Owls would score twice more before halftime. The first came when thrilling winger Byron Hollingsworth-Dessent raced down the touchline to score. Then it was the forwards turn to express their dominance. Hooker James Lynch scoring from the back of a charging maul with ten minutes to go in the half.
As the halftime siren went Easts seemed to be in dire straits. The score line read 22-0, there was a mountain to climb for the Easts men, however they came out determined to turn the tides.
In the 60th minute prop Samuel Samuelu burst over from short distance to bring the Easts men into the game. Fullback George Morseu converted, and a glimmer of hope was restored for the tricolour men.
However, this resurgence was quickly dashed. The Owls would go on to score four times in fifteen minutes. Forwards Lachlan McCormick and Jay Adkins scored from pick and drive tries, and wingers Stirling Doyle and Byron Hollingsworth-Dessent scored in the corners to push the Owls out of reach.
Consolation came for Easts in the final minute when second rower Peni Nifo scored from the lineout. Morseu missed the conversion, leaving the final score 48-12.
The Owls will need to take confidence from this match when they face the undefeated Gungahlin Eagles this weekend at North Oval.
Easts have plenty of lessons to learn from the weekend, they take on Vikings at Viking Park.
Women’s XV 34-12 W
The Owls Women’s xv side remains undefeated as they powered past the Easts women’s side 34-12 with a suitable display for Womens day at the rugby . Samantha Wood was prolific in the game, individually scoring 14 points with a try and an impressive kicking performance.
The Owls defence was rock solid throughout the game, only allowing two tries. However, the attacking potential of the Women’s side was again on display. Forward Anna Koravata powered through the Easts line to score twice throughout the game, a typically strong performance from Anna. In the backs, fullback Rachel Crothers and centre Sophie Williams sliced through the Easts defence to score a try each. Jane Garraway celebrated her 50th game with her usual slick performance from halfback.
This is two wins on the hop for the Women’s side to put them at the top of the table and we look forward to more powerful and positive performances.
2nds 35-19 W
Success finally came the way of the 2nds men as they played to their potential against Easts, the final score 35-19. Promoted third grade player Craig McKillop made his mark on the game with a hat trick effort from number 8. Centre Lucas Thomson also had a game to remember with a perfect kicking performance.
The Owls came out of the gate strongly in the first half, scoring four of their tries in the first half. McKillop scoring all of his tries in the first half, a great performance of hard running from the backrower. Also to score in the first half was dangerous winger Jono Chambers.
The second half was more of a defensive effort for the Owls. Easts seemed to crawl back into contention in the match, scoring two tries nearing the final whistle. The first win of the season was on the mind for the 2nds men and they held on to seal the deal.
Colts 28-45 L
Another disappointing loss for the Colts as they went down to Easts 28-45. Last week it was a slow start and strong finish, this week it was a strong start with efforts waning in the second half. A halftime lead of two tries was unfortunately squandered to a resurging Easts side.
Typically, strong performances by try scorers Sam Lindeman and Declan Tancred kept the Owls in contention for most of the match. Winger Jibou Fofanah was an ever-present danger on the wing and in cover defence.
3rds 33-7 W
The 3rd grade men have turned around their disappointing draw last week in Cooma with a dominant win over Easts, 33-7.
A six try haul and one disallowed try paints the picture of a strong win and the scoring was good to watch. Centre Cody Love finished two of the best long range tries you could see, excellent union, champagne rugby. Winger Ben Harris instigated many of these long range tries, often throwing the final pass or breaking the line.
Number 8 Danny Medemmen had a barnstorming game. His disregard for personal preservation inspired his team’s performance and often put him over the gain line carrying the ball.
4ths 22-0 W
A dominant performance by the fourth-grade men has kept their winning streak alive, the final score 22-0. Their fourth win in a row was ensured by clinical rugby, good skills and special awareness.
‘Winger’ Wes Malton crossed twice in the corner to open the scoring. The two other try scorers in the match were forwards Normenenta Tagaloa and Lachie Hird. ‘Stormin Normen’ had a typically barnstorming game and could constantly be found beyond the gain line.