The Melbourne University Rugby Football Club Colts team will play off in another grand-final this Friday night against Harlequin Rugby Club, at AAMI Park.
This consistent performing team contests its 2nd Grand Final in the past 3 seasons, winning the premiership in 2012. The season has been one of consistency winning 7 of 10 matches to finish 2nd on the Ladder at season’s end. MU Students Chris Ward , Nick Gillies (2013 Rugby Young Achiever winner) and Nathaniel Karam (2013 Rugby Young Achiever runner-up), together with Trinity members Andrew Roche, Aiden Potts, Michael Piggott and Anuja Rattwatte create a formidable Colts team.
“We are under no illusions that the contest on Friday night will be a tough one against our more fancied rivals and top of the table Harlequins. Their forward pack and tight 5 go for the full 70 minutes and are an in your face type of team”, said Rugby General Manager Jason Jones.
“We believe if we can hold parity in our forward pack and win our share of posession we have enough attacking options out wide to build scoreboard pressure and with a strong centre pair defence and counter-attacking options we can pull it off “, Jones added.
Players to watch - Andrew Roche at No 10 is a gifted ball player with a terrific pass and reads the game like no other, he will be looking to set the fast backs alight with his long passing game and evasive skillsets. Our outside men in Sam Brown, Naki Holani, Andy Boykett and Englishmen Joe Stratton and Emil (Booker) Muphemi will be chomping at the bit to get the ball into space with speed and power running.
“Our Forward pack is consistent and hardworking led by our skipper Matthew Van DerWesthuizen who only knows one way and that’s straight and hard, he is ably supported by workaholics Daniel Sanchez, Shaun Tunumofonu and Nick Gillies who are industrious and provide that hardness and edge needed to topple a very talented Harlequin pack. With Jack Porritt at the back of the scrum at No 8 providing the class there is no doubt that Melbourne University will prevail if we play to our potential.”
The Victorian Rugby Union Colts grand-final is being played this Friday 27 June from 5.00pm at AAMI Park and will be the curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby game between the Melbourne Rebels and the Queensland reds. Show your colours and support the students in their quest to beat arch rivals Harlequins. Ticket Offer: Rebels vs Reds 2014