Sydney University Lions proved too strong with a clinical 46-18 disposal of Cumberland Beavers in Round 13 of the NSW Tertiary Rugby League clash at Henson Park on Saturday.

The damage was done by half time with the Lions skipping out to a 22-10 lead at the break. A four pointer just after the resumption of play allowed the home side to cruise their way to a well-deserved victory. 

The Lions burst of energy and enterprise delivered Nathan Hogan his first win as head coach of Sydney University Lions Football club. Hogan was in charge of the Lions team for the first time, having taken the reins after former coach Steve Freeborn departed the club on Monday.

It was a stunning day at Henson Park and the Lions showed they were ready play and looking to stamp their authority on the competition with only four weeks remaining until the finals series. 

Outstanding performances from centres Joe Andrews and Jay Parker led the way in attack and defence with two tries each. Andrews earned the Kobe Man of the Match honours for his efforts.

The forwards provided a solid platform through dominate displays from prop Scott Bunch and second-rower William Grooms. Hooker Kingston Nicholson was relentless in defence and also provided great service to a new halves pairing of David Turner and Adam Vrahnos, who worked well to the game plan providing several tries assists.

Coach Hogan was happy with the overall. “As we march towards the finals, focus at training and working well as one club will be critical to our success,” he said.

Round 14 of the Tertiary Cup competition, on August 8, will see Sydney University Lions take on University of Canberra Grizzlies at The Meadows, with First Division kicking off at 2pm while Division 2 have the bye.


NSW Tertiary Cup competition – Round 13

Division 1: Sydney University 46 (Joe Andrews 2, Jay Parker 2, Kurt Lewis 2, Caine Trindall, William Grooms Kingston Nicholson tries; Steve Tziotis 3 goals, Daniel Lambert, Adam Hansen goals) defeated Cumberland Beavers 18.

Division 2: Cumberland Beavers forfeit.