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Dewar Shield: Box Hill in a thriller over Melbourne

Dewar Shield: Box Hill in a thriller over Melbourne

Dewar Shield’s Preliminary Final down to the wire: Box Hill’s fairy tale season continues with a after the siren win against Melbourne.

Let’s start from the end, with the game tied at 19 all, Box Hill visit almost for the first time the opponent’s 22. The balls is very hot and heavy in the Bronco’s hands and it slips for a knock on, referee Darren O’Brien stops the game but instead whistling the end of it approaches touchie Oliver Kellett, who points him out a shoulder charge from a Melbourne player: penalty from the 22 meter line, slightly on the right. Sefanaina Naivalu has the heaviest ball of all, but in a Bernie Foley moment,  he keeps the calm and kicks his team into the final.

Ben Meehan try - photo @22metri

Ben Meehan try – photo @22metri

Rolling back the clock of the game, the spectators had an entertaining match where Melbourne dominated the physical encounters but was not able of capitalise on them and suffered the speed of Box Hill. The Unicorns played a very good game, but as in last week’s Minor Semi-Final against Moorabbin, they were slow to recycle the ball and committed an unforgivable  number of handling errors that cost them the game. Box Hill was as rampant in the first half and sleepy in the second, needing to improve in consistency in the Major Semi-Final replay against Harlequin.

The match started very well for the Unicorns, who controlled the first quarter hour  and had a chance to put the first points on the scoreboard with a Chris Slade penalty, but their inside centre didn’t have the kicking boots on in the first half and missed. The danger woke up the Broncos, who scored two tries in four minutes thanks to Rebels’ scurmhalf Ben Meehan.

The speedy number nine first went over the line at the end of a team action and then superbly kicked for fullback Bill Seveti, who cut the Unicorns defence with lightning speed. After another eight minutes the Broncos had their third try thank to another quick run from Seveti.

Melbourne had the merit of remain calm and to stuck to their game plan. At the of the half Unicorns forwards got over the line with Shaun Mortenson that capitalised on a team effort after a penalty kicked for touch.

Unicorns' forward - photo @22metri

Unicorns’ forward – photo @22metri

The second half was a one sided affair with Melbourne scoring eleven unanswered points thanks to three penalties from Slade and a try to number eight Dan Squire.

The Unicorns put their opponents to the sword with a solid performance of their forwards, but in several occasions their backs weren’t up to the performance of their team-mates and knocked onl or missed the last pass.

Box Hill was holding as much as possible, but never trespassed the half line and was forced to commit too many infractions in defence: Melbourne’s try came when Box Hill’s number eight Moses Haukinima was spending ten minutes in the sin bin.

But with the game heading to over-time came the brave call from the touch judge and the consequent penalty from Naivalu.

The scoreboard:

Box Hill:
Tries: Meehan 16′; Seveti 20′, 28′
Penalty: Naivalu 1/1
Conversions: Naivalu 2/3

Melbourne:
Tries: Mortenson 40′, Squire 54′
Penalies: Slade 3/5
Conversions: Slade 0/2

  • Vic Rugby Fan

    Great game, terrible decision by the assistant referee to end it. Ref Darrin had done a great job all game ensuring the game was open, physical and free flowing. Whilst the shoulder charge was 50/50, it was right in front of the ref who took no action. Surprise, surprise the AR from Box Hill who had completely ignored the clear flurry of punches from the Box Hill 9 earlier, decided to intervene at this critical moment. Shocker! Broncos have earnt their spot in the final and deserve a lot of praise for turing the club around. But such a great game deserved a fair ending. Should have gone to extra time!

    • 22metri

      yea, it was a huge call

      • valleypunter

        worst touchie call I have ever seen – but ref should have overruled

  • Quins fan

    The referee was poor and seemingly biased towards Melbourne – his piece de resistance was his ignoring of a blatant assault on a grounded Box Hill player that demanded at least ten mintues in the bin for the culprit, in order to give yet another penalty to Melbourne.
    If the refeering is to a high standard, you hardly notice the man in orange. Sadly today was not the case. Fortunately fate intervened to ensure the presence of this season’s best and most consistent team iin the Grand Final

    • Vic Rugby Fan

      Not sure what assault you’re talking about Quins fan. The only one I saw was the Box Hill 9 throwing a flurry of punches at the Unicorns player on their back. But I agree that next week’s final should be a cracker. Come on the Broncos.

  • Neutral Fan

    Anyone else think that the 10 points left out there by the Melbourne kicker ultimately cost them the game instead of a touchie call? Anyway what’s happened has happened and we have the top two teams in the final this weekend which seems fair at the end of the day.

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