A match that shaped up to be a classic turned into a whitewash as The Butchers steamrolled the premiers 64 – 0. The Butchers ran in 12 unanswered tries and never took their foot off the gas, scoring points at will in the second half right up until the bell. Not one player had a bad game for Thirroul with the forwards creating yards for the slick backs to capitalise on.
Sam Clune continued his golden form with an outstanding game, Nathan fien showed his class and rested himself for most of the second half while Sam Coster not long back from injury had a huge game. Leigh Higgins, Damian Blanche, Luke Dodge, Clune and Coster scored tries while Mick Blackwell, Aaron Beath and Luke Dodge led the forwards.
While Collies were missing several key players, the Butchers were without Joel Johnson, Andrew McCarthy, Jay Gallagher and Harry Stewart to the Dragons lower grades, leaving the coach with some huge decisions on positions if these players return.
Reserve Grade looked sharp in the first half but maybe a bit rusty from a three week break and fell away late in the second half after leading 20 – 12, the boys let in a few soft tries and gave up first place on the ladder. Matty Syron played his usual non stop game and scored a great try while Cameron Nicholson and new player to the club Oliver Conway also had big games.
The Colts were beaten 30 -10 but Coach Jones was happy with the effort and still sees the boys improving every week. Thanks again to the boys from 19’s who backed up for reserve grade.
The Butchers face a different challenge next week in competition front runners Helensburgh at Gibson Park in the local derby. Both sides will lose players to Country NSW representative duties with Jamie feeney coaching and Sam Clune making the side, best of luck on the trip boys and congratulations