In a somewhat uninspiring Round 9 IDRU Builders Club Premiership
match at Camden Rugby Park, Campbelltown Harlequins have registered their first
win of the season with a commanding 36 – 12 win over Camden. After going down
by a point to Tech Waratahs last week the Quinnies were never troubled by the
Rams in a six tries to two victory.
In sharp contrast to last week’s upset win over defending
Premiers Bowral, The Rams fumbled their way to an embarrassing capitulation in
front of a bewildered home crowd. With the Campbelltown forwards taking the
upper hand from the outset the Quinnies dominated at the breakdown and completely
destroyed the Camden scrum for a vital win to keep their hopes of avoiding the
wooden spoon alive.
With two rounds remaining Campbelltown remain on the
bottom of the table seven points behind Tech Waratahs who had a strong 40 – 12 win
over Shoalhaven in this weekends only other match.
After a clumsy start from both sides Quinnies Fly-Half
Leoo Malaefono Lealiiee opened the scoring with a clever individual effort,
stepping through the Camden defensive line from fifteen out to score. With the
try converted by Halfback Mitchell Gordon, the Quinnies were out 7 – 0 after sixteen
minutes. Minutes later busy Open Side Flanker Tony Campbell exposed some flimsy
Camden defense to score the first of his two tries breaking form a maul ten
Sporadically Camden seemed to be finding their attacking
mojo only for play to break down in the face of a spirited Campbelltown defense
effort. Rams Fly-Half Michael Midson reverted to his kicking game in the
shadows of halftime finding the Quinnies in goal area for center Elija Sa to
score and go to the break 12 – 5 down. The try came on the back of a
barnstorming run from front rower Alex Oloaga who contributed strongly for the
Rams throughout the match.
Campbelltown ran in four second half tries as Camden failed
to be able to maintain any pressure on the Quinnies with handling errors and a
lack of intensity at the breakdown taking away any chance of redemption for the
home side. Campbell got his second try off a driving maul after three minutes
of the half, with up and coming young center Kyle Wasson scoring for the
Quinnies to go out to a 22 – 5 lead after fifty minutes of the match. Wassen, a
member of the Illawarriors Colts squad this year belied his youth with a strong
mature performance throughout.
Camden Fullback Dane Kelly who made a positive
contribution to the Rams performance, scored from a clean intercept thirty out
from the Quinnies line in the only bright moment of the Camden second half effort.
With their forwards maintaining their upper hand Campbelltown added two more
tries through No.8 Adam Choice in a push
over try, and Prop forward Alex Sherwin forcing his way over from close
range for the 36 – 12 score-line.
The Quinnies will be relieved to get a win in a season
where they have lost six matches by less than ten points, five by less than
five. Their win keeps their slim hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon alive with
two matches remaining. Hooker Adam Steele polled three points in the IDRU Player
of the Year award with fellow forwards Tony Campbell, Adam Choice and Alex Sherwin
contributing strongly. Halfback Mitchell Gordon provided spark all day with
Fly-Half Leoo Malaefono Lealiiee producing a strong kicking game and was
instrumental in a lot of The Quinnies attacking play. Youngster Kyle Wasson put
in an eye catching performance in the centers.
Despite spending the last ten minutes of the match in the
Sin Bin front rower Jai Gunton tried valiantly to inspire his team mates with
front row partner Alex Oloaga a standout for the outplayed Camden eight. Hooker
Jack Dolan and Lock Sean O’Flynn toiled well with Fullback Dane Kelly busy at
the back. Centers Elijah Sa and Jake Sadler competed well.
Campbell 2 tries, Leoo Malaefono Lealiiee 1 try, Kyle Wasson 1 try, Adam Choice
1 try, Alex Sherwin 1 try, Mitchell Gordon 3 goals)
Camden 12 (Dane Kelly 1 try, Elijah Sa 1 try, Jake Sadler 1 goal)
In the only other
match of the weekend Tech Waratahs had a resounding 40 – 21 win over Shoahaven
in their Round 12 washed out match. The win for the Tech Tahs maintains their
seven point buffer over Campbelltown for the battle of the Wooden Spoon with
two matches to play.