Students given a tough lesson
ASSOCIATES dismantled UWA 50-5 in a one-sided affair at Mcgilvray Oval on Saturday afternoon to keep its finals hopes alive.
In a dominant performance, Soaks set up the victory with a clinical first half that yielded six tries, with Future Force Foundation player Brendon Owen the star at fullback for the visitors.
Assistant coach Damien Elton was pleased with the team’s performance in what was a do-or-die fixture for the men in gold.
“It was good the boys stuck to the game plan and knuckled down,” Elton said. “It was a must win for us this week to get our season back on track.”
“The opening minutes of the clash was littered with ball-handling errors, with Soaks skipper Dean Taylor-menzies and Students scrumhalf Rory O’sullivan knocking the ball on early.
The visitors soon settled and opened their account through Michael Hardwick, with the number six charging over from close range.
Soaks doubled their lead three minutes later after a brutal move forward from their pack.
Lachy Valentine collected a pick and go from the base of a maul to slide across the line.
The UWA defence struggled to contain the powerful visiting side, with Valentine making it a double after another close-range dive for the line, as the lead pushed out past 20 points midway through the first half.
Associates fullback Brendon Owen then stamped his authority on the fixture with a barnstorming run from his defensive 22 to score a stunning solo try, weaving his way through several UWA defenders.
Taylor-menzies added further pain before the end of the half, with the number eight breaking through the UWA defensive line before an offload to Ryan Draver setting up the easiest of tries for the away team.
Alex Rovira joined the scoring spree moments before half-time, with another aggressive move forward from Valentine resulting in terrific ball position on the lefthand side.
A cut-out ball fell in the hands of Rovira as he crossed under the posts with his side going to the break 36-0 up.
The second half began with another Soaks foray forward, as Tom Ingram coasted over the try line untouched to extend the lead beyond seven tries.
The visitors would only score one more try for the match, with the Students defence holding firm for the majority of the half, as the game turned into a slogfest late.
University winger Nick Chadwick managed a consolation try late in the piece with a blistering run down the lefthand side that handed the Students their first points for the fixture.