Bvuma tries in vain as All Golds fall to de­feat

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TWO tries in the last ten min­utes by All Golds full back George Bvuma gave Valley Cougars a fright but they had enough points on the board to hold on for a 38-20 win.

In a feisty game with plenty of nee­dle, the All Golds’ de­sire to put on a spec­tac­u­lar play rather than take field po­si­tion and look to build pres­sure handed their op­po­nents the ad­van­tage.

Three times they failed to find touch from penal­ties and twice sent restarts out on the full.

The vis­i­tors were un­done by an open­ing 10 min­utes in which they had no pos­ses­sion and con­ceded two soft tries. Helped by the rub of the green in the 50-50 de­ci­sions the Cougars were al­lowed to dom­i­nate the first pe­riod with­out hit­ting top form.

Lead­ing 24-4 at the break, the scene was set for the Cougars to pull away and record a com­fort­able win.

How­ever, the All Golds ral­lied in the sec­ond half, outscor­ing their op­po­nents and putting in a much stronger per­for­mance.

The high­light was Bvuma’s dou­ble as he put in a com­mit­ted per­for­mance adding a try-saving tackle on a run­away Lee God­dard to his dan­ger­ous for­ays for­ward.

The Cougars ben­e­fit­ted from a penalty on their first set and a gen­er­ous call against the All Golds as they bun­dled Mike Hur­ley into touch to gain the field po­si­tion for Craig Lewis to score. Dean Higgs forced his way over for a try im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

Af­ter the fre­netic start, the game set­tled down un­til Hur­ley’s break ended in a try for Ben Jones with 23 min­utes gone.

Af­ter Ash Lewis pushed a penalty kick wide, the Cougars in­creased their lead with the last play of the half.

The All Golds tried a trick play on a penalty which back­fired as the kick in­tended for Bvuma fell to prop Lloyd Selby who showed re­mark­able skill and dex­ter­ity to evade tack­lers and score in the cor­ner.

The All Golds emerged from their half-time hud­dle with re­newed pur­pose and were soon on the board.

Seven min­utes into the half, Mar­cus Brown saw the Cougars’ de­fence asleep, took a quick tap penalty 15 me­tres out and ran through to score un­touched. Lewis added the goal.

How­ever, Sam Prid­geon went over af­ter good work from Ma­cauley Har­ris and Adam Wat­ton stepped through to ease the Cougars out to 34-10.

In the last ten min­utes, Bvuma struck twice with Brown and Jack Uren pro­vid­ing the telling passes for the winger to use his pace and score both times with­out a hand laid on him.

In be­tween times, he chased and caught God­dard who looked cer­tain to score, forc­ing the ball loose in the tackle.

How­ever, the Cougars had the last word. In the fi­nal minute, the All Golds’ last at­tack fiz­zled out when a penalty failed to find touch and a Cougars move ended with Har­ris go­ing over.

Hur­ley couldn’t con­vert but the Cougars main­tained their un­beaten record at the top of the ta­ble.

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