Dewar Shield Round 4 Wrap Up

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By VicRugby Media


Power House and Harlequin remain the only undefeated teams in the Dewar Shield. Both sit on 18 points at the conclusion of round 4, having three wins and a bye.
Power House defeated Southern Districts in a close game on Saturday afternoon, narrowly taking the win 32-29. Southern District got the fast start, scoring two tries early in the first half, only to be pegged back and hold a tight 10-12 lead at half time.
Power House were within four points with only moments left in the match, with Makesi Stowers and replacement Hugh Parker teaming up for a late try, giving the home team a spectacular win.
The match between Power House and Southern Districts was the match of the round, and highlights of the game will be broadcast on “Rugby Time”, Friday at 8.30pm on Channel 31.
Melbourne University played at home against Melbourne over the weekend, going down to the visitors 28-51. Andrew Stevenson stood out for Melbourne scoring three tries, and was named best on ground by Melbourne University officials. Karl Balemi and Killian O’Niell also featured in the voting for Melbourne.
James Nettleton was best on ground for Melbourne University, with two conversions and a penalty goal.
Endeavour Hills hosted last year’s Dewar Shield winners Moorabbin, with last year’s Premiers recording a 14-50 win. Moorabbin were comprehensive in their victory, scoring seven tries to Endeavour’s two, along with converting on six occasions.
Six individual players crossed the line for Moorabbin, with Turi Uini scoring twice for the visitors. David Savea and Wayne Vitale were the try scorers for Endeavour Hills.
Footscray travelled east to Box Hill, where they recorded their first win of the season, beating the home side 12-55.
Footscray had seven try scores, with Tim Diack crossing the line three times. Stanley Ili was accurate in front of goal for the visitors, converting on four occasions, as well as scoring a try.
James Foster was voted as the strongest performer for Box Hill.
Northern took a clean sweep in the Second Division, beating Eltham 35-17 in A grade, and 26-7 in B grade.
Geelong were clinical against Monash University in their A grade match, beating the visitors 115-7. Geelong put together a brilliant 80 minute display leading to their 108 point victory. Ten individual players crossed the line for Geelong, contributing to their 19 try total. Daniel Muasika was best on ground for Geelong, while Stephen Hyde was the sole try scorer for Monash.
Geelong had a much closer result in their B grade match however, narrowly beating Maroondah 18-17 in a tight contest.
Melton also had a close call against Melbourne, taking the match by a single try, 31-26. Melton had five tries from five individual players, while Daniel Owen and Tim Westmacott both crossed the line twice each for Melbourne.
Shepparton had another big win in Round 4, beating Warrnambool 47-11 at home. The Bulls had six individual try scorers, and Lee-Roy Huthmann-Grace displayed his accuracy in front of goal, converting six out of seven times.
Ballarat and Border Army were involved in a close battle, with Ballarat just taking the win at home, 27-26. Puckapunyal were home to Bendigo, however they went down 7-22 to the Miners.
IN FOCUS – Saofaiga Saemo and the Australian Women’s Sevens
The VRU would like to congratulate the Australian Women’s Sevens and Power House’s very own Saofaiga Saemo for making the Cup Final in the London Women’s Sevens Invitational over the weekend. The Women’s team comfortably beat the USA in the semi-final 28-7, however struggled against England in the Final, going down 36-7 on England’s home turf.
The VRU is incredibly proud of Saemo and her achievements in Women’s rugby on a National level, making the team after she was invited to train with them last November.
Women’s coach Chris Lane praised Saemo for her hard work prior to the competition, along with commending her for making the most of the opportunities that have been presented to her.


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