PLAYING at home in the elimination final against the Milton Platypus, the Bombala Bluetongues played a great first 20 minutes, with the forwards having solid set plays and then going in pods for the next phase.
The backs then got forward moving ball and were able to convert sustained pressure to a couple of tries.
The next quarter, the boys went to sleep and allowed the opposition to get some easy yards by turning the ball back inside rather than trying to spin it wide and try and run around the defence.
They were rewarded with three tries, and a good yell from some seasoned players about setting posts at rucks and mauls showed some great tackles being made, and another try for the Blues just on halftime saw it tied up at 17 all.
Travelling with only 15 players and gaining a few injuries, Milton called for decontested scrums, but with a few reserves loaded from the bench the Bluetongues ramped the tempo up.
This saw some fantastic rugby played and fullback Ben Mooney grab a hat-trick of tries. Thornie bagged a double and single tries went to Ray “Jobsy” Kading, Chris “Stan” Anderson and Hugh Platts.
Final whistle saw Bombala 48, Milton still 17.
No points awarded in the finals week, but Jackson Standen had a fantastic 80 minutes with some brilliant conversions from the sideline, but couldn’t get them right in front!
We are worried for Girvo who received an injury late in the game, but might see him back in the grand final against Broulee.
Also in Bombala on Saturday, Bateman’s Bay Boars played very poorly against a well drilled Broulee Dolphins, and they were not troubled by the red and black team running out easy winners 45-5.
This sees the Bluetongues travel down to take on the Boars at Bateman’s Bay this weekend at 3pm to see who goes onto the 2012 Grand Final.
A huge thank you has to go to all our helpers on the gate and working away in the canteen all day to make much needed money to get the team onto the paddock year after year.