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Padua come out on top in physical clash at Banyo

Round 2 of the 2016 Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) season provided crunch matches for all teams, as the heavyweights looked to gain ground in the early stages of the season. Premiership hopefuls Padua College took on a hungry St. Patrick’s side looking to provide an upset in the match of the round.

Both teams entered the match following convincing wins in Round 1, and it was Padua who set the tone early in the match, camping themselves in St. Patrick’s half for the first ten minutes. 

However, St. Pats came out of the gates with a point to prove, showing the reigning premiers their strong defensive line, with number 8, Justin Sikimeti leading from the front for his side.

It took 20 minutes for the first points of the game to be scored, with the Shorncliffe men making the most of their first trip into Padua territory, crossing for a try through tight-head prop Liam Jacobsen. Liam Prendergast landed the conversion, to give St. Pats a 7-nil lead.

The intensity went through the roof for the remainder of the half as both teams showcased massive defensive displays, with crunching tackles being made all over the park. Padua were reduced to 14 players ahead of the half-time break, before scoring right on the hooter through outside centre, Campbell Mahoney. The conversion was missed leaving Padua behind 7-5 at the break.

The second half started much like the first, with territory the main focal point for both teams. For 20 minutes, it was a neck and neck tussle, with both sides coughing up possession. However, Padua eventually made the breakthrough in the 55th minute, capitalizing on a skewed pass from a quick line-out to score under the posts. With 15 minutes to go, Padua had a slim 12-7 lead.

St Pat’s steam eventually blew out, as the boys from Shorncliffe conceded another try off a set piece error. Padua winger Zane Attwood streaked down the blindside then offloading to his inside centre Michael Cheer, who dove over from short range. The conversion was successful allowing Padua to claim a 19-7 victory.

In other AIC results, St. Peters claimed a convincing 91-5 win over St Edmund’s, Iona edged past St. Laurence’s 13-12 in Wynum and Marist were impressive in their 72-nil win over Villanova.

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