Cods fire up against UQG Black Pigs
RUGBY UNION: It was a welcome return to home soil on the weekend as the Cods and Rats hosted the UQ It was a welcome return to home soil on the weekend as the Cods and Rats hosted the UQ Gatton Black Pigs at the Fish Tank on Saturday.
With no B-grade game on the bill, the A-grade side was suitably staffed with players and began the game with confidence which was put to the test immediately as UQG attacked their line for the first 10 minutes.
The Cods held strong, keeping the Black Pigs scoreless until the ball was finally turned over to the home side.
What ensued was a well executed game with clear evidence that the Cods’ skills are progressing and cohesion is improving.
Sustained focus ensured that almost every time that the Cods worked their way into the Black Pigs’ 22 they were able to seal the deal with a try.
The home side nabbed five tries in the end, with the spoils spread around the team; Gus Elder, Sam Warby, Nick Boshammer, Tom Sutton and Kim McGregor all putting five points apiece on the board for the Cods. George “The Pom” Hulme converted three giving a total score of 31.
While competitive, the Black Pigs were clearly outplayed.
In reply they posted three tries and two conversion, equating to 19 points, cementing their second position in the match.
The A-grade game also featured a dramatic medical moment, when a wayward player connected unceremoniously with the referee.
The game was put on hold while the ambos attended to the injured adjudicator and an earnest search began for a stand-in umpire.
Miraculously the referee came good in no time and the game resumed after only a short interval (the B-grade referee hiding out the back of the sheds was said to breathe a sigh of relief and continue his smoke break).
Despite feeling physically better the referee pulled no punches on the field ensuring that all players’ manners were in check with both the UQG Captain and Cods’ own Brendan “Richie McCaw” Sexton forced to take compulsory 10 minute breaks on the sideline for misdemeanours.
It’s alright Seco, we know you were just signalling for a sub! The Cods’ Suncorp Man of the Match was almost unanimously voted as Colin “The Other Pom” Overend who seemed to be everywhere at once throughout the game.
Special mentions also to Sam Warby and Rusty Jorgensen who can always be counted on for consistently valuable contributions.
Earlier in the day, the C-grade game was a tight contest, marred by a shocking compound fracture to the lower leg sustained by Chinchilla stalwart Glenn Forde.
The Miles Ambulance Service is to be commended on their very quick response; they were on the field attending to Glenn within a minute of the incidence occurring, no doubt easing some serious pain in a much appreciated timely fashion.
We wish Glenn all the best in his recovery.
Happily though, the Rats were able to prevail over the Black Pigs 17-10.
Caltex Starmart Player of the match went to Matt Townsend.