25 July 2011
Perth-Bayswater again made one of the competition's leading contenders look ordinary in a competitive 20-11 loss to University at McGillivray Oval on Saturday, bad luck and controversial decisions depriving them of a win.
University are second in the competition but looked no great shakes in this game, dominated in the second half by an aggressive Perth-Bayswater team.
Perth struggled in the tight with shaky lineouts and disorganised scrums but took the game to University and came close to upsetting them. A fluke try and a controversially disallowed try, rather than University's own efforts, won the day for them.
Perth opened the game full of fire and inside centre Mike Lee came within inches of scoring as black stormed the Uni line. Perth followed with a series of attacking phases but Uni escaped with a clearing penalty after nine minutes.
An inconclusive battle between the 22s followed, ending when centre Thomas Trautmann missed an ambitious 45 metre penalty attempt, and University replied with a sitter penalty goal after 17 minutes.
Trautmann made amends with another difficult penalty goal five minutes later after Perth again came close to scoring and Uni were caught coming in the side of a ruck to draw even at 3-3.
Then Uni stole Perth lineout ball to turn on the attack, hammering Perth's line with repeated phases until they plunged over for the try beside the posts. The conversion was a formality and University claimed a 10-3 lead after 28 minutes.
Perth bounced back to attack despite losing another lineout from their own throw in, and Trautmann converted a 40 metre penalty for not releasing after 33 minutes, keeping the visitors in the hunt at 10-6.
Yet another lost lineout put Uni in prime attacking position but fortunately they passed out over the sideline just before half time.
Uni opened the second half with a simple penalty goal but Perth bounced back with a wide-ranging attack. Just as the Uni defence was stretched to its limit, a silly little chip kick conveniently bounced up into the arms of Uni's wing and he sprinted 60 metres for a gift try under the bar. The sitter conversion took University to a 20-6 lead and the rest of the half looked academic (so to speak).
But Perth refused to roll over and rushed back into attack, Uni losing a player to the sin bin as they offended once too often in defence. Perth hammered away with heavy phases in close and after 17 minutes, blindside flanker Mike Murphy drilled over the line for the try, closing the margin to 20-11.
The conversion attempt by wing Dylan Timu-Johnson bounced off the crossbar but Perth stayed on attack, helped by a string of Uni penalties. Then after 25 minutes and a long series of phases, the ball went wide and inside centre Mike Lee went over for the try. The referee awarded the try then bizarrely changed his mind and gave Uni a penalty 30 metres downfield, sending lock Campbell Saunders from the field with a yellow card for retaliation following a report from the touch judge. Naturally the low blow of the original offence was overlooked and preference given to the rampant political correctness that is doing its best to ruin the modern game. (Not to mention that the alotted punishment of a penalty was disregarded in the unseemly rush to a yellow card).
Despite this heinous travesty, Perth were soon back on attack and again hammering Uni's line but turned over and the home side escaped again. Fortunately the game finished before anyone broke a fingernail or said any rude words, and the rest of the ref's pack of cards went unused.
It was all bad news with losses to University in all other grades, seconds losing 33-25, thirds losing 45-0, fourths losing 38-7, Unders 20s losing 42-12, Unders 18s losing 20-14, while the Women had a bye.