In Newtonian mechanics, momentum has a direction as well as magnitude. Last Saturday, Eastwood applied this principle in shutting out University 36-15 at the T.G Millner field.
The first half proved significant as University were playing catch up to the ever increasing Eastwood score. Eastwood five eighth Ayoub constructed two simple tries through chip kicks behind the defensive line. Eastwood did their homework on the Students and it was paying dividends.
Prior to the break, University were working good phases inside the Eastwood 22 metre area. A ruck was formed near the touchline however the narrow blindside corridor was unmarked. Winger Nick Batger scooped up the ball and raced away downfield. The University cavalry could not arrive on time to cut off the try. For University supporters, Batger’s try felt like one of those moments depicted in Allianz insurance commercials. Halftime score was 26-3 and University had the job ahead of them
There was some redemption for University in the first five minutes of the second half. The ball was spread quickly to the club house side. Some drawing and passing allowed winger Dargaville to once again receive the ball. Dargaville applied his speed to score an excellent try which was converted.
The remainder of the half was an arm wrestle where University did not receive any luck. Penalties were given, play was pulled back – it just wasn’t a day for the Students.
Big Eastwood winger Grant scored another try to extend their lead . University scored again in the latter stages of the game through phases inside the Eastwood five metre area. The ball was recycled to the left allowing winger Dave Dillon to score in the clubhouse corner. The try was unconverted and the game finished off with the final scoreline of 36-15.
No game versus Eastwood is easy. The wounded Students will assign this game to the archives and regroup.
This Friday night the club’s annual Friday Night Football game will see University do battle with a re-energised Randwick at University Oval. A night full of atmosphere, surprises and some great rugby.