The Yabbies took on Wests in Belconnen in the early hours of Saturday morning with kick off at 11am.
The Yabbiemen had their heads held high following a convincing win over the Owls the previous week and wanted to prove that the second half of the season was going to be theirs. The game started promising with great runs from Rowan Daley early in the half. First points went to Hagon Williams crossing the line with a blistering run off a lineout splitting their defence.
“I said to Angus give me an inside ball here and the defence will be split,” Williams said. “Angus took it to the line and passed it at the perfect time. I ran straight through the defence like a hot curry! It was better than a double feature, it doesn’t happen often but it’s extremely satisfying.”
The second try came from Ned Mullany with a great pick and go from the back of the ruck this came from some great pick and drives from the forwards. With the early lead the Yabbies eased off, allowing Wests the opportunity to strike back before half time. Lazy tackles from the Yabbies saw Wests find big metres off their bigger players who marched up the field.
The second half started with confusion with Ned Mullany being told he couldn’t return to the field after an interchange. Mick Hudson stepped up to the challenge and was able to bring the Yabbies back into a more controlled game. Another reshuffle in the backs saw Tui Samoa placing well weighted kicks and nailing passes to his outside backs causing confusion for the Wests defenders.
Wests brought the game level early in the second half only for James Schiller to cross the line not once but twice showcasing his blistering pace and ability to break tackles. West were the last to score with the final score 26-24 to the Yabbies. The last 5 minutes of the game produced fantastic defensive Rugby from the Yabbies, knowing they must keep the ball in hand they got into the grind and played tight forward rugby.
“The Yabbies played well,” Brumbies player and former Wallaby Henry Speight said.
This Saturday the Yabbies will host top of the ladder Goulburn both teams have not had a loss in their last four games. Kick off is at 2pm at Cranfield.
July 21 will be the Yabbies final home game so pop it in the calendar now so you don’t miss a cracking day of rugby. We’re serious set a reminder in your phone, don’t miss it, it’s going to be fun