We reached the halfway point of the competition with our round 7 clash against Colleagues at Woolhara,and after two maulings in a row,and a massive six changes from the side that ran out against Mosman at the goat track the round before, we were up against it.After the bottom four grades all lost,it was up to firsts to save the situation and thats just what they did with a gutsy 37-30 victory.Everyone of the replacements stood up to be counted and showed amazing amount of traditional Blue Mountains Rugby spirit,we played a very physical game and mixed that with periods of inspiring Rugby,we always looked the better team,in fact it was only our poor discipline at times that kept the home team in it.When looking for star contributors on the day,number 8 Joe Baleivalu was sensational,and his skills saw him worthy of man of the match honours,Spanner as usual was awesome,and was a real pest to their lineout all day,JD in his 293rd first grade fixture was as solid as ever,and of course Sitiveni Longavau got a hatrick,while the man on the other wing who just loves taking on the opposition with the ball in hand Emasi was also on fire,with the only downturn being the injury to Will.The boys turn into round two in third spot,well clear of the chasers,and in a position we only dared to hope for at the start of the 2019 season,still a long way to go,and it wont be easy with another trip to Sydneys east this week to,play Waves.
BM 37 ( S Longavau 3 A Vulavou tries Krolly 4 cons 3 pens)
B&F 3 J Baleivalu 2 D Farrugia 1 J Daniels PP Emasi
Seconds of course were decimated in usual team members by the first grade situation,but once again did not rise to the occassion and were soundly thrashed 62-0.Brad Kenny and Harry Kirkwood were the stand outs in a well beaten team that really has to turn things around in the run home,they are close enough if good enough.
B&F 3 B Kenny 2 H Kirkwood 1 A Mills D Tuisireli
Malachi Monahan continued on with his white hot form for the colts,but the talented youngsters efforts were not rewarded as the boys were crushed 64-0.The team is going through a horror run at the moment,and only having 14 men on the paddock certainly didnt help things either,hopefully the second part of the season sees a change in fortune.
B&F 3 M Monahan 2 C Nicholson 1 J Sinclair
Thirds dropped from the top of the table with a surprise 8-0 loss.On a dry and fast pitch,it was a gruelling and physical game of Rugby,the boys showed some great defence with the home team having a lions share of possession,but poor discipline was to be our downfall at crucial stages.When looking for those who excelled it was hard to go past exciting number 7 Tom Graham who carved em up all day with his talent and passion,while Lachie just keeps piling on the class week in and week out.
B&F 3 T Graham 2 L McNicol 1 B Bull P Danby PP L McNicol
Fourths didnt live up to expectations and failed to follow match plans and paid the price hammered 45-7.Lachlan Smith produced the goods once again in a well beaten side and was a very worthy winner of man of the match honours.
BM 7 (A Key try D Pointos con)
B&F 3 L Smith 2 D Pointos 1 P Kelly G Skinner PP L Smith