Sea Lice Round 2 Match Report

16 May 2019


Our second game for 2019 saw the boy's take on our neighbour's & rivals, Burraneer Dolphins. Going into the game we found ourselves down on numbers (due to recent injury, a wedding and work commitments) but high in spirit. With coach, Bunga's words of 'Doing it for yourselves & your mates' the much smaller Sea-lice side ran onto 'Itchy Park' determined to serve it up to Burraneer. From the whistle the boys made real inroads into the Burra defence particularly Chris, Rhys, Meals and Benny Moroko who all made breaks keeping the play well down the Burraneer end. Pressure continued to be applied which resulted in a great try, down the blind-side, to Ben Moroko. Our new fly-half, Lachie, booted the conversion. Play continued down Burraneer's end through great attacking play, a number of penalties were awarded near the sticks – Lachie eventually booted a penalty – Sea-Lice 10 Burraneer 0.

Burraneer got down our end through their predictable forward play and they were rewarded with a try which was converted. The large crowd knew they were in for a treat, both teams giving no quarter. Whilst we were full of running and smashed them in D, they seemed to have the upper hand at the Scrum and in contested ruck/mauls. Our next try was beaut, with a clean line-out win resulting in a smooth back-line set-piece and one of our new recruits, Ryan, scoring just wide of the sticks. This was also converted by Lachie –  who added another penalty goal half-time 20-7 Sea-Lice.

The second half saw repeated infringements result in Lachine booting another penalty 23-7 Sea-Lice. At this point we all thought that this score was going to be hard to run down, Burraneer  had another ideas and put on 3 back-to-back tries, fortunately only converting 1.

Score with about 10mins to go – Burraneer 24 Sea-Lice 23.

At this stage we had ran out of players, we had a number of injuries and troops had to rally with what we had. Inspiration came out of Pookie Simpson's pressure defence, smashing their fly-half at every opportunity,  this eventually resulted in a turn-over and the play made it's way deep into Burra's half. Again a foray exploiting their blind-side proved fruitful with

Dylan Rums plunging over in the corner. Score Sea-lice 28 Burraneer 24. The attempted conversation was halted by the unique man-made structures that are one of features of playing at Forshaw, as the ball was halted sailing through the sticks by the overhead electricity wires, much to dismay of the home crowd. No repeated conversion was offered and the Sea-lice then had to withstand repeated 'pick-drives' (that will bring the crowds back) by Burra. With no time left on the clock, one of the big Burra Units plunged over but was heroically held up over the line. Final Score 28-24 Sea-Lice.

A great victory considering that we were so down on numbers and were  able to defend despite a couple of key injuries.

Big mention to the fantastic defence efforts of the entire  team particularly Max Rofe, Pooky, Kurt and Harry. To the work at the breakdown by Meals and Rhys and to the backline attack of Lachie, Chris and Ben. Special mentions of Sea-Lice first timers Ryan, Drew (went great at half) and Pook.

Itch, Itch, Itch.