Away vs University
Round 103rd June 2017 - 2.45 Venue : Ilam 1
Result : 8 - 15
At Ilam: University 15 (Patrick Osborne, Caleb Aperahama tries; Seamus Bardoul conv, pen) beat New Brighton 8 (John Vili try; Stefan Moir pen). HT: 8-8. Referee: James Munro.
Lovely to see Patrick Osborne back in the maroon jersey for University at Ilam. Osborne didn’t score a goal-line to goal-line try, as he did several years ago at the ground, but he did dot down after a fine set-up run by Brad Hemopo. Osborne, who played three-quarters of the match, brushed past the last defender on the 32min mark, almost immediately after John Vili’s try for New Brighton. Also lovely to see Billy Harmon appear for Brighton for the first time this year. He’s a player-and-ahalf is Billy, and he didn’t look too rusty after such a long lay-off. Harmon made several strong carries in his 40min on the park. His best touch was in stealing turnover ball that led to Vili’s try. But the stand-out player of the match was University lock Caleb Aperahama. The big fellow made more carries than a miner from the coalface and scored what turned out to be the winning try, 15min into the second half. University mounted a driving maul from a lineout which went close to the line. From the base of the ensuing ruck, Aperahama was unstoppable. No.8 Hemopo also had a strong game, often ranging wide with vision and penetration. No.6 Morgyn Cowan did well in a tighter role. Second-five Seamus Bardoul was vital for University. He kept his opposite, Walter Huata, under close control, allowing the Brighton midfielder to show only glimpses of his talent. With ball in hand, Bardoul always ran hard and straight, putting University’s forwards on the front foot. For Brighton, lock Lucas Hill had a big game around the park but otherwise the side seemed a bit subdued. They did however go desperately close to scoring in the second half. The ball slipped from Enzo Welch’s grasp as the substitute No.7 dived for the line.
Hawkins Medal (MVP): Caleb Aperahama (University) 3, Brad Hemopo (University) 2, Seamus Bardoul (University) 1.