Debutant stars at The Canal as Bond dominate Norths

August 1, 2022

Picture: Stephen Tremain

By Jordan Hughes  

The Bull Sharks are back on track following a clinical display over Norths Eagles in a 46-10 bonus point win. 

Bond University, who desperately needed a win after going down to the Bulldogs a week ago, made light work of the Eagles scoring seven tries to two including two tries each to centre Tuidraki Samusamuvodre and winger Hamish Roberts, who made his first grade debut.  

HOW IT UNFOLDED 

Bond University set the tone early crossing over after three minutes with Fiji Drua outside back Samusamuvodre getting over the line after a pinpoint pass from halfback Spencer Jeans.  

Hamish Roberts came into the side for his first grade debut after some impressive performances in second grade. Roberts is also an exceptional goal kicker, a skill which has been lacking for the Bull Sharks. 

Roberts made his opportunity count, securing his first try at top level, showing a great turn of speed and a big right foot step to score.  

After a penalty goal from Roberts and a try from flyhalf Tyler Campbell, Bond went into the break leading 22-0.  

The Eagles have shown in 2022 that they are full of fight, and they continued to deliver in the second half, scoring two quick tries to bridge the gap.  

Heading into the final 30 minutes of the match, the home side turned on the afterburners scoring four more tries. Connor Pritchard scored a brilliant final try following a series of quick passes between Roberts and Samusamuvodre.  

Bond University rounded out the match 46-10 winners in front of an elated crowd at The Canal.  

WHAT THEY SAID 

Inside centre Tyrrell Naleba was pleased to return to their winning ways.  

“It was a good game, it was a lot more open than in previous weeks which created a lot more running and line break opportunities. 

“The goal coming into this week was to always come away with points when entering the A-zone which I thought we executed really well compared to last week against Wests,” said Naleba.  

Centre Naleba understands the importance of being consistent and will need to put in another strong performance next week against Souths Magpies.  

“Souths will be a lot more physical, and we were guilty of pushing a few passes throughout the game. Souths will be a bigger outfit so we will need to make sure we are really accurate defensively to get the result,” said Naleba.  

Naleba lined up alongside Hamish Roberts in the backline, in what was one of the most impressive debuts in Bond colours.  

“He’s such a freak, so quick and deceptively strong and also the kid can kick. Can’t wait to see him get more game time in first grade and carve it up.” 

AROUND THE GRADES 

It was successful day all round for the club with all teams getting victories over Norths. 

Notable performances came from second grade who won 53-0 with both Max Dowd and Nick Turner both crossing for hat-tricks.  

Even more impressive was the Premier women’s side who destroyed the Eagles 98-0. Lock Grace Baker scored four tries to help Bond cement third place on the ladder on 40-points.  

The winning ways will need to continue for the Bull Sharks first grade side who still sit outside the top four. Bond will be on the road next week as they take on the Souths Magpies.  

FINAL RESULTS  

First grade -  W 46-10 

Premier Women – W 98-0  

Second grade – W 53-0  

Third grade – W 19-10 

Colts One – W 15-8 

Colts Two – W 41-7