Sus­pense to last whis­tle in rugby derby

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

The lo­cal se­nior rugby derby be­tween Dan­nevirke Sports Club and Bush is al­ways a strongly con­tested affair, as it was on Satur­day April 21 at Rugby Park in Dan­nevirke.

In the first half a very en­ter­tain­ing game swung from end to end a num­ber of times as play­ers made breaks and when a team got into its op­po­si­tion’s 22 it scored.

Dan­nevirke opened the scor­ing in the first half with a try to Lock Sam McNair but Bush soon re­tal­i­ated with tries to Josh El­ton and Ian Gim­blett to take the lead.

Dan­nevirke replied with three good tries to 2nd V Thomas Kuggeleijn, half­back Sam Jones and cen­tre Thomas Ma­cais, for­wards and backs link­ing well.

Lead­ing 22-12 at half­time af­ter a very strong per­for­mance into the wind, Dan­nevirke rested a lit­tle, es­pe­cially af­ter scor­ing soon af­ter the in­ter­val to go 29-12 up.

Bush came back, with Sam Mar­shall-Wil­son crash­ing over in a wall of Dan­nevirke play­ers off a maul. The con­ver­sion closed the gap to 10 points and boosted Bush’s re­solve, en­cour­aged by a loud and en­thu­si­as­tic crowd.

Dan­nevirke had its mo­ments on at­tack but in­fringe­ments kept it pinned back in its own half. The ad­di­tion of man moun­tain Wiremu Wol­land into the front row gave Bush a weight ad­van­tage and af­ter sev­eral at­tempts at the line Scott Neil drove over.

The con­ver­sion missed but with 10 min­utes to play it was a five-point game. Dan­nevirke won 29-24.

Both teams had their chances to score but didn’t and the largest crowd at Rugby Park in a long time was held in sus­pense right to the fi­nal whis­tle.

SOME of Tararua’s elite rugby play­ers af­ter the clash at Dan­nevirke’s Rugby Park.

SAM Mar­shall-Wil­son drives over for a try that started Bush’s come­back.

DAN­NEVIRKE’S Nigel Walsh feeds Thomas Kuggeleijn with Trent Con­way in sup­port.

BUSH’S Sam Arends has one to beat in a run which set up the last try.

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