For the second consecutive week Avondale have cast aside the challenge of a top three side with a 33 – 13 victory over Bowral at Gerry Cappetta Oval. In posting their fourteenth straight win of their unbeaten season, the Wombats now hold a commanding fourteen point lead at the top of the table with four matches to play.
The early stages of a keenly contested first forty minutes of the Round 14 match was played at pace with Bowral having the better of the first twenty minutes of play. With the benefit of six straight penalties the Blacks were able to dominate possession and field position but found it impossible to break through what is proving to be the competitions best defensive structure. A penalty goal to fly half Lachlin Huntington was all Bowral had to show for virtually twenty minutes camped in the Wombat half on the back of strong play from their forwards led by front rowers Todd Pearce, Mark Minter and Manu Feilo’ivao.
In the twenty first minute of the match impressive Wombat Silipa Tuigamala, playing in the centres this week, scored the first of his three tries for the day. With the Wombats putting on a well worked backline play after a scrum just in their own half, blind side winger Blake Spencer took an inside pass from Andre Itula and broke through the Bowral line. He found Tuigamala in support and sent the centre away on a forty metre run to the line. Tuigamala converted the try for an Avondale 7 – 3 lead.
Tuigamala’s second try was a long range effort as well with both the Wombat wingers combining to put the goal kicker away. The younger of the Tuigamala brothers, Mani, playing on the right wing joined the Wombat backline in another set play and burst through from sixty out before finding Spencer in support again down the left. Spencer drew the defence and took a heavy knock as he set Silipa Tuigamala on his way to the line for try number two, which Tuigamala converted for a 14 – 3 lead.