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PIRATES AND RABBITOHS ROUND 13 WINNERS

University had little trouble accounting for Swampdogs in Saturday's Rugby Union match at the University Oval.

The Pirates recorded a comprehensive 58-3 victory after leading 24-0 at half-time.

From the kick-off the home side regained possession and after four phases Paul Coady scored a try and the signs were ominous the Pirates might be in for a day out.

Ten minutes later from another turnover saw Isaac Taulelei score and give University a 12-0 lead.

With ball in hand Swampdogs looked competitive without being threatening.

Instead of wasting attempts at penalty goal they should attempt to build confidence and mount sustained pressure that could find chinks in the oppositions defence.

University’s third try came 25 minutes into the match after probing both sides of the ruck loose forward Peter Butcher was able to score.

Minutes later another turnover in an attacking position was to punish the Swampdogs when Dave Taylor scored the first of his four tries for the afternoon.

The second half was only two minutes old when Taylor scooted down the touch-line and scored under the posts.

Five more tries would follow for the Pirates who take on Casuarina in next week’s match of the day.

University’s win can be attributed to the turnover ball provided to them by Swampdogs and strong performances by Kosta Elenis, Peter Butcher and Frank Jennings who consistently took the ball beyond the advantage line creating the platform for their outside backs to excel.

Swampdogs were best served by the halves combination of Jack Morrison and Keegan Steele.

Surprisingly Morrison was not included in the provisional Mosquitoes squad named during the week for the August match against Australian Services at Rugby Park.

The US Marines played an exhibition match against University’s Reserve Grade side and scored three late tries to win the match 31-29.

Three of the Marines were invited to sit on the bench for the Swampdogs and were given some game time late in the match.

At Moulden, second placed South Darwin had a scare against Palmerston with the Rabbitohs winning 24-21 against a spirited Croc outfit.

The match was all locked up at 21-all with minutes remaining before a penalty goal sealed victory for the Bunnies and enabled them to hang on to second place on the ladder.


The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NT Rugby.