Boars are happy as pigs in mud with win against Braidwood

Batemans Bay Boars Rugby claimed their 3rd win of the season from as many

games in a hard slog on a very heavy rain affected ground. The Boars won the

game 26 – 10 to claim a bonus point win.

The game was in doubt earlier in the week with huge rain fall during in the

days leading up to it however common sense allowed the game to go ahead.

The Batemans Bay outfit started better then the locals handling the wet

conditions far better. Plenty of spilt ball by both teams in the early

stages with the Boars dominating field position for most of the first half.

However, in one of the few chances Braidwood moved into good field position

and Braidwoods Jeremy Ramm was able to kick a penalty goal at the 20 minute

mark to lead 3 – 0.

Batemans Bay hit back shortly afterwards with some excellent ball control

to work the ball down field and Liam McPherson backing up to score a try in

the far corner. James Thomas converted from the sideline and Batemans Bay

lead 7 – 3.

In the lead up to the half time break Braidwood started playing the Rugby

everyone knew they could and attacked the Bay strongly. However, right on

half time a spilt ball by the Redbacks was swooped up the by the Batemans

Bay Sam Reedy for him to score wide. Again James Thomas conversion was

successful and Batemans Bay took a 14 – 3 lead into the half time break.

The second held as more of the same with plenty of silt ball in the

slippery conditions. But again Batemans Bay controlled field position and

longer passages of play with the ball in hand. At the 60 minute mark

Batemans Bay forwards controlled a long phase of ball that eventually went

wide for Andrew Fleming to score in the corner. James Thomas conversion

attempt from the sideline struck the upright and fell back into field of

play with the score 19 – 3.

5 minutes later the ball finally stuck for the Braidwood backs and a raid

from 50 metres out resulted in their centre Riley Turner scoring. The

conversion was successful by Jeremy Ramm and the score moved to 19 – 10.

The Braidwood try gave the Batemans Bay Boars a reminder they were playing

a quality team but it also lifted the team. Not long after good recycled

ball by the forwards eventually allowed Angus Knight to break through mid

filed and plant the ball under the post. An easy conversion by James Thomas

and the score moved to Batemans Bay 26 – 10.

The final 5 minutes was entertaining with both sides throwing everything

into the game but defence held strong by both teams.

An important win to Batemans Bay Boars and keeps them in touch with the top

teams. This Saturday Batemans Bay Boars have a home game against the

Bungendore Mudchooks. The Mudchooks are also undefeated and boast a quality

line up. This will be the game of the round with kick off at Hanging Roc

Oval 2.30pm

Photos by Kathy Toirkens