Tuala Inspires Bulls To Third Straight Decider

MatchReportWollongong University are through to their third straight IDRU Builders Club Premiership Grand Final and will play against Minor Premiers Shamrocks at WIN Stadium next Saturday. With the Bowral forwards just not quite able to match the power of their stronger opponents in Saturday's Final at Ocean Park, Uni were able to dominate possession and field position to run out 19 – 12 winners.

With inspirational skipper Paul Tuala leading the charge, the Bulls overshadowed a gallant Bowral Blacks side that will look back on the 2016 season with enormous satisfaction in their outstanding breakout season performance. Blacks coach, Gene Fairbanks expressed great pride in his team after they took the Students right to the wire in another hard fought physical finals encounter on top of last weeks’ Semi Final blockbusters.

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The Butler's Blurb

ButlerHi everyone and welcome to week two of the Builders Club Illawarra Rugby Finals Series. We are now down to the final three teams in each grade as a result of some action packed games last weekend.

The Butler didn’t get to Campbelltown on Saturday to witness the Major Semi-Finals but I’ve heard plenty of post mortems to give a detailed report. In third grade as The Butler predicted, Vincentia used their several seasons of finals experience to comfortably account for an inexperienced Shamrocks team 32-6. The win sees the Van Goh’s through to another Grand Final which they seem to have a knack of attending over the past five years. For the Rocks they get to go around again this weekend in the Final.

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The Rogues Rant

RoguesRantWelcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things Rugby.

The Curse of the Yellow Card has struck again. Not for the first time Yellow Cards are impacting on our Final Series matches. Last Saturday University champion No.8 Paul Tuala sat out his side’s Major Semi-Final loss to Shamrocks. Paul had to serve an automatic one match suspension after being Yellow Carded in the last two minutes of the club’s Round 18 match with Avondale. To compound things for Paul, he has in fact accrued four Yellow Cards this year whilst playing for University and the Cockatoos earlier in the year. With a further automatic one match suspension if he receives a fifth Card, Paul will be playing on eggshells in this weeks’ Final against Bowral. If he were to get another yellow this week and the Bulls make it through to the GF, Paul would miss that match as well. Let’s hope for Paul and the Bulls sake he gets through with a clean sheet.

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Henry Yuill's Four Touchdowns Eliminates Defending Premiers

MatchReportBowral Blacks speedster Henry Yuill crossed for four blistering tries in his sides epic 31 – 20 Minor Semi-Final victory over Avondale at Camden Rugby Park on Sunday. In a brutal action packed encounter Bowral have now earned the right to play University in next Saturdays Final at Ocean Park. With Shamrocks safely through to the Grand Final the following week, we’re sure to see another rugged match if what we have witnessed this weekend is anything to go by.

After an enthralling match between Minor Premiers Shamrocks and University on Saturday, the Bowral Blacks and Avondale both turned in full hearted efforts seeking a place in next weeks’ Final. The scores were locked at 10 all at the break but it was the Blacks who had the better of the second stanza to move through to next week.

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Shamrocks Book Grand Final Berth

MatchReportShamrocks have booked a berth in the 2016 IDRU Builders Club Premiership Grand Final with a gritty come from behind 28 – 15 victory over a shattered University Bulls side. The match played in beautiful weather conditions at Campbelltown Showground, was a typical hard fought Semi-Final which kept a strong crowd transfixed until the final whistle.

With the powerful Bulls forward pack led by No. 8 Jason Hughes quickly establishing their superiority over their smaller opponents, the Bulls took a 12 nil lead after twenty minutes. Though outmuscled for much of the first half, the smaller Shamrocks pack worked tirelessly to stay in touch with the Bulls to only trail by 6 – 12 at the break after Fly Half Scott Tarasenko booted two penalty goals for his side to stay in touch with the Bulls. After tries to flanker Charlie Freeman and centre Dan Ward on the back of a wealth of possession and field position created by their pack, the Bulls looked destined for a big win.

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The Butler's Blurb

ButlerHi everyone and welcome to week one of the Builders Club Illawarra Rugby Finals Series. Well the Minor Premiership Competitions are now over and it was interesting to see the mobile phone networks getting a workout last Saturday afternoon as people at venues were updating each other on results so clubs knew exactly where they stood in relations to minor premierships and finals positions.

I called into Ocean Park for a look where Shamrocks had just narrowly beaten Vincentia to claim the 3rd grade minor premiership.

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