Vic Dewar Shield Review: Round 5

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By VicRugby Media

Harlequin and Power House have both maintained their undefeated status at the end of Round 5, beating Melbourne University 55-14 and Box Hill 17-38 respectively. The two teams will meet next week in Round 6 for a massive top of the table clash.

Harlequin was comprehensive over Melbourne University, beating the visitors eight tries to two. Justin Marsters crossed the line three times for Harlequin, while Kemu Valetini was accurate in front of goal, converting on six occasions and scoring a penalty goal.
Valetini and Marsters were named best on ground for Harlequin, along with Jack De Guingand, who was one of Harlequin’s five try scorers. Eddie Usala was best on ground for Melbourne University.
Power House travelled to Box Hill, beating the home side six tries to three. Rebel Pat Leafa stood out for Box Hill, scoring two tries at Albert Park.
Southern Districts hosted Moorabbin in the Match of the Round, defeating the visiting side 42-29. Highlights from the match will be shown on Channel 31 as part of “Rugby Time” at 8.30pm on Friday evening.
Hala Malimau, Rebels listed player James King and Tasesa Lalotoa were the top performers for the Rams, while Jarrod Eberhart, Teariki Daymond and Alipate Ratubuli were best on ground for Southern Districts.
Footscray were clinical in their win over Endeavour Hills, defeating the visiting side 65-0 in an 11 try performance. Eight individuals crossed the line for Footscray, while their defense also managed to prevent Endeavour Hills from scoring for the whole 80 minutes.
Allan Imo, Martin Naufahu and Micheal Toetu starred for Footscray, while Rebels listed Cruze An-Nau also scored two tries for the winning side. Fenika Amataga, Junior Paila and Elijah Ah Chong stood out for Endeavour Hills.

Monash University hosted Northern in their A grade match, going down to the Panthers 5-81. 11 of the 22 players who took the field for Northern scored a try, with Monash rookie Will Harris scoring the home side’s only try.
Solomon Seve, Eddie Paletoaga and Ilaisa Makoni were best afield for Northern, while Will Harris along with Luke Borrowman and Andrew Fraser were Monash’s top performers.
In the other A grade match of the round, Geelong hosted Melbourne, taking out the visitors 30-10. Craig Cowley scored two tries for Geelong, while Steve Gec had three conversions and a penalty goal.
In the B grade Eltham hosted Melton, just getting over the line against the visitors 30-27. Geelong and Melbourne drew 3-3 in a low scoring match.

Melbourne hosted Power House in Round 5 of the Women’s competition, defeating the visitors 30-10. Oneata Schwalger, Georgia Cormick and Stacey Kilmister were best on ground for the Unicorns, while Juliana Torres, Carolyn Gray and Meretiana Robinson were the top performers for Power House.
Power House were once again without star player Saofaiga Saemo, who has been on tour with the Australian Women’s’ Sevens, competing in Amsterdam over the weekend.
The Western Districts team hosted Endeavour Hills, defeating the visitors 45-0. Five players crossed the line for Western, while Endeavour Hills were unable to get through the Western Districts defense, and remained scoreless for the entire match.
Southern Districts hosted Moorabbin, going down to the visitors 5-44. Moorabbin crossed the line on eight occasions, while only Mafi Florence was able to score for the home side.

IN FOCUS – Nathan Grey joins Box Hill Rugby Club
Melbourne Rebels assistant coach Nathan Grey has joined Box Hill Rugby Club as a specialist coach for the remainder of the 2013 season. Grey has a long and distinguished career in Rugby, as both a player and coach.
After earning 94 caps with the Waratahs, a further 35 with the Wallabies and spending time in Japan as a player/coach for Kyuden Volex, Grey was hired as the first defensive coach for the Rebels in 2010 by founding coach Rod Macqueen. He was promoted to assistant coach when Damien Hill took over the team at the end of 2011.
Grey will be helping out Box Hill at training, offering his advice and expertise in order to help the development and growth of Box Hill’s teams.


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