Sydney University returned to the winners circle last Saturday at Lidcombe Oval with a 3-49 victory over the Western Sydney Two Blues.
The rebadged Two Blues now under the mentorship of former University alumni Joel Rivers showed plenty of enthusiasm in the first half but University’s fine tuned set piece dominance paved the way for three tries from scrum pushovers and five metre rolling mauls.
The first half was no vibrant Shenyun spectacular however a 3-21 lead was handy going into the sheds. Those legendary sheds where the old Wests Magpies would perform a ritual akin to committing riot and affray in their pre-game psych up.
The ten minute break was just the opportunity to recalibrate University’s attack. Also, Sydney rugby discovered the replacement to Penrith’s Emu burger now laid to rest- the Combo burger. A concoction of protein, carbohydrate and that secret grease to satisfy a hungry rugby lover’s appetite on a Saturday afternoon!
University came out of the blocks after the break with guns blazing when winger James Armstrong ran to the blind and looped a ball to fullback and aspiring actor James Kane. Kane who is better known in acting circles by his nom de plume- Rock Kane motored down the western touchline. The ball was passed back inside where it bobbled on the ground but was regathered by Kane finally to touch down. Another quick try followed from that feisty nugget from the plains of Narrabri inside centre Will McDonnell from a loose lineout.
The Two Blues could not acquire any meaningful field position as University’s concrete defence led by second rower Lachie Swinton and the aggressive back rower Lord Nick Champion de Crespigny shut down any forward movement.
Parramatta were tiring in the latter stages and some easy tries were scored to inflate the final score.
Not one of University’s most classic wins but a bonus point victory and sharpening their execution nevertheless.
Next week on Good Friday, University are pitted at home against Warringah for a 2018 Grand Final rematch.