Dan­nevirke wins big rugby derby

Bush Telegraph - - Welcome To Woodville - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Af­ter a close win to Dan­nevirke Se­niors at Dan­nevirke in the first round, the re­match against Bush Se­niors at Woodville Rugby ground was much an­tic­i­pated and a large crowd in ex­cess of 100 turned out to see se­nior rugby at its best in Tararua on Satur­day, June 23.

The game was fast and open, both packs tak­ing up the ball strongly to be met by equally de­ter­mined de­fence. The game was score­less un­til af­ter 10 min­utes of pres­sure from Dan­nevirke it earned a penalty. It was an­other 10 min­utes of tough con­fronta­tion be­fore the Bush line was crossed wide out, the con­ver­sion miss­ing.

Both sides had their mo­ments on at­tack but fail­ure to hang on to the last pass plagued both teams. A penalty to Dan­nevirke put it up 11-0 but a break through the mid­field yield­ing a good try to Sam Arends re­warded Bush re­solve, the try un­con­verted.

Just be­fore half­time a penalty tap by Dan­nevirke first-five Mitch Na­tion saw him surge through the de­fence, feed­ing Sam Jones to score be­side the posts. This gave Dan­nevirke an 18-5 lead at half­time.

Turn­ing with a slight breeze ad­van­tage, Bush again had its mo­ments but Dan­nevirke’s back­line be­gan to pen­e­trate Thomas Kuggeleijn and Lo­gan Massie run­ning strongly.

Again great de­fence ini­tially kept Dan­nevirke’s scor­ing to an­other penalty. Af­ter 10 min­utes Tay­lor Lowe de­tached from the scrum to score for Dan­nevirke and the con­ver­sion took the score to 28-5. The game see-sawed for the rest of the game un­til a tip from the li­ne­out to the front had Lo­gan Au­gus­tine crash over to com­plete the scor­ing 10 min­utes from the end, the re­sult be­ing 33-5.

Dan­nevirke Sports Club Se­niors are go­ing well hav­ing come from a deficit of 19-0 to beat Massey Rams 26-22 the pre­vi­ous week while a run of in­juries has ham­pered Bush in its ef­forts to put a con­sis­tent team on the field.

The great spirit of the game, well ref­er­eed by Brit­tany An­drew, is typ­i­cal of lo­cal der­bies this side of the ranges.

LOOSIE Jay Ed­wards (partly ob­scured) takes the ball up with Bush for­wards in sup­port.

DAN­NEVIRKE’S half-back Sam Jones was very ac­tive in the loose.

A clean and un­con­tested take in the li­ne­out had Bush on the front foot.

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