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
Photos by Kathy Toirkens