Scrambled offering has Butchers’ skipper asking questions

Illawarra Mercury- 27th April 2014 

DAPTO produced their best performance of the season but it wasn’t enough to topple Thirroul at Gibson Park on Saturday.

The match was in the balance deep into the second half when some class touches from Butchers skipper Nathan Fien and five-eighth Nathan Wynn, who was close to best on ground, sealed the 24-4 victory.

The Canaries were willing in a match that had several fiery moments but the loss continued a worrying inability to convert pressure into points.

Centre Deejay Harris, who was Dapto’s most potent attacking weapon throughout the afternoon, scored midway through the first half to bring the score to 6-4 but the Canaries couldn’t cross again despite plenty of opportunities in the Butchers half.

Thirroul  skipper Nathan Fien was critical of his side’s  attack.

‘‘We made it hard on ourselves today. We made a lot of errors and just kept inviting them back into the game,’’ Fien said.

‘‘It’s great that we got the two points at home in the big scheme of things when we come up against Wests and Collies and Helensburgh again we’re going to need to be a lot better than that.’’

Thirroul scored the first points of the afternoon through centre Damien Blanch who strolled over from a beautiful long ball from Nathan Wynn. Reece Jaeger’s conversion gave the Butchers a 6-0 lead.

Harris hit back for Dapto when he barged over in the right-hand corner from a Lulia Lulia offload to peg the lead back to two at 6-4.

After struggling to hold possession for much of the half the Butchers were able to extend their lead minutes out from half-time when Blanch drew two defenders and put Denan Kemp, who was making his Butchers debut, over in the right corner for a 12-4 half-time lead.

With the match still in balance midway through the second half Wynn took to the air launching an aerial assault on Dapto fullback Troy Pieper who spilled a spiral bomb metres out from his own line to allow James Spencer to pick up the scraps and score for an 18-4 lead.

Fien punctuated the effort with a 40-20 kick and a lovely dummy-half pass for Pat Franks to score and complete the 24-8 victory.


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2018 Hardware Man Illawarra League First Grade
1 Wests 23
2 Thirroul 23
3 Collegians 22
4 Dapto 20
5 Berkeley 12
6 Helensburgh 8
7 Corrimal 4