Round 10 of the NSW Tertiary Rugby League competition has seen the TAFE NSW Polecats put together 2 devastating performances at Kellyville Park over the weekend.
1st Grade playing Sydney University with last week’s loss still fresh in their minds, saw the Polecats start strong with Billy Butler and Chad Doering crossing for the side in the opening 15 minutes of the half. Shane Rowe was next to crash over the line and when Ops Futo barged over in the 25th minute the Polecats had amassed an 24 points to nil lead over Sydney Uni. With the first half almost complete, Sydney Uni thought they had stopped the haemorrhaging, but with seconds remaining Richie Mante added more points for the Polecats and the side went into the break up 28 points to nil.
The 2nd half started like the first with the Polecats Richie Mante crossing again in the 1st minute, Sydney Uni then mounted some pressure which help slow the Polecats attack, until Shane Rowe got his double in the 55th minute to put the Polecats lead up to 38 points to nil. The Polecats then scored twice in 7 minutes with Bully Butler crossing then Matt Thomas and when Shane Miller slotted has 5 conversion for the day, the Polecats had 50 points on the board and the match ended with the mercy rule being invoked.
We caught up with Polecats Head coach Dan Jackson after the match “Everything is starting to come together for the boys. We looked sharp in both grades. It was the best I have seen both teams play all year and it was a real credit to everyone in the club moving in the right direction.”.
2nd Grade are now only one win away from claiming the 2017 minor premiership, with a punishing performance against Macquarie University, which saw Chris Thompson men running in a 42 points to 10 victory, with tries to Ryan Bowen 2, Ben Blair 2, Raphael Michael-Williams, Michael Klapsogiannis, Brandon Webb and Mitch Langford along with 5 Ryan Bowen 5 goals.
The Polecats now have a 2 week break while the 2017 Universities Rugby League World Cup is on, being hosted this year in Western Sydney, with the defending Australian side taking on 5 other nations, for more information on the tournament head to www.aurl.com.au.
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