Bond & Brothers draw on the Gold Coast
By Brittany Clarke
Bond University and Brothers played out a gruelling 14-all draw on the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
Coming off a disappointing loss to GPS and up against the champions, Bond University had a point to prove at home.
With injured pair Scott Daruda and Mitch Third back on deck, the home side went looking for their second win of the season, while Brothers were looking to back up after a convincing victory over Wests.
St.George Queensland Reds lock Cadeyrn Neville was outstanding and was awarded the True Protein High Performer of the round crown.
Oscar Dennis broke the game open, slicing through Brothers’ defence in the 10th minute to score under the post.
Brothers hit back with a penalty goal to Mitch Felsman after Bond captain Sam Clifton was penalised for offside.
Gifted a howling tail wind, Brothers’ Patrick James constantly turned Bond around with booming general play kicking.
An injury to Vitoria Buatava saw Vincent Quigley assume the scrumhalf duties before the break as the teams headed into the sheds with Bond leading 7-3.
Quigley made an error straight after half time and Felsman reduced the deficit to just one point with a successful penalty goal attempt.
Bond University Queensland Country representative Third made his much-awaited return in the 47th minute. The young pivot converted Clifton’s try in the minutes later to give Bond a 14-6 lead.
Both sides suffered yellow cards late in the match, but it was Brothers who capitalised when Francois Postal went over to level the score.
Felsman’s conversion sailed wide and the Brethren had one last dig but Bond’s defence held strong leaving each team to share the competition points.
Brothers return home to Jack Ross Oval for a Northern derby match with the Eagles, Bond University head to Chipsy Wood Oval to play Souths.