The Rebirth of the Bowral Rugby Club is complete after the Blacks heroic 34 – 18 Grand Final win over red hot favorites Avondale in summery conditions at WIN Stadium. With the hard working Bowral forwards led by big front rower Todd Pearce taking the match right up to the much vaunted Wombat pack, the Blacks reversed the Major Semi-Final result of two weeks ago to take their first IDRU title since 1999.
In an epic decider the Blacks scored four tries to three, with IDRU Player of the Year, Lachlan Huntington producing another masterful display scoring fourteen points and guiding his side around the park with an expert kicking and passing display. But it was an outstanding defensive effort from the Blacks that contributed most to the turnaround from the Semi in which they conceded seven tries to the Wombats.
After a hard fought first forty minutes the match was very evenly poised at 13 all at the break but the Blacks finished the stronger of the two sides putting on three tries in the last twenty five minutes of the game. The Bowral supporters showed their appreciation for the performance of front rower Todd Pearce as they cheered the big man from the field in the dying minutes of the match. Pearce led the Bowral pack superbly laying the foundation for the historical win.
In a sometimes spiteful first half Avondale played their customary power game testing the Bowral defense throughout with the first try to Fly Half Antonio Ale coming after eight minutes of play. Fullback Silipa Tuigamala joined in a backline raid drawing two defenders before setting Ale away for the try wide out. Tuigamala missed the conversion but added a penalty goal soon after to extend the Wombats lead to 8 – 0.
With twenty three minutes gone Huntington kicked a long range penalty goal minutes before Halfback Tim Small put on a try for winger Tom Mooney from a scrum forty out. Small went to the blind drawing two defenders releasing Mooney down the eastern touchline. With a big in and away Mooney left Tuigamala in his wake and scored wide on the right. Huntington’s conversion from the sideline gave Bowral the lead at 10 – 8.