Emus thrash Uni

June 12, 2017

It was a thrashing no-one really predicted.

The top-of-the-table clash between the Goondiwindi Emus and the USQ Saints was akin to a Spanish Inquisition.

The Emus and Saints were both undefeated but it didn’t take long for Goondiwindi to prove there is a vast difference in class between the two sides.

At least on Saturday.

While local pundits were confident of a victory, the 64-14 thrashing was something beyond, with maybe only Club diehards such Tom Dowling or Michael Dillon predicting the landslide.

What’s a more horrifying thought for the competition is that the two tries which did come from the students, were in the first 15 minutes of the second half when the Emus’ discipline declined momentarily.

Players were drawn in by a student’s outfit which had come out with more commitment in the second half.

There was none of that in the first half where their forwards and backs alike were dominated by the Emus in every department of the game.

The more positive intent from the Saints worked, for a while.

The students’ forwards worked harder and the backline showed some of the slickness which had got them to this stage of the season undefeated.

It resulted in two quick tries, and for just a short time, there may have been hope of a comeback.

It was short-lived.

The Emus re-found the machine-like precision of its first half, and the game was over.

There were plenty of highlights for the Emus, but the sight of Captain Jack Cook barging through like a forward and then showing the dash of a back to get the ball away, was one to remember.

The students’ forwards worked harder and the backline showed some of the slickness which had got them to this stage.

Two push-over tries by the forwards also proved the Emus’ dominance as it has done all season so far.

We're not sure why they let him get his hands on the ball with daylight between him and the try-line, but they did. Emu Sam Tweedy makes the most of opportunity.

 

We're not sure why they let him get his hands on the ball with daylight between him and the try-line, but they did. Emu Sam Tweedy makes the most of opportunity.

 

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