Review Rd 15 Dewar Shield Melbourne v Footscray


Melbourne Unicorns moved back inside the top four at the expense of Footscray following a comprehensive victory on Saturday.

Chris Ling scored a whopping five tries, and there were plenty of contrasts from these sides’ 24-24 draw back in Round One, beginning with a number of key Footscray players who have moved interstate or overseas during the season.

That being said, this result was certainly an unexpected one, and Melbourne Head Coach Anare Koliavu was rightfully pleased.

“We put the pressure on at the start and made some good decisions which led to points, and once momentum came we were able to play our game,” Koliavu said.

This week, Footscray travel to Seaford to face Southern Districts knowing that a win is critical ahead of tough home matches against Melbourne Uni and Harlequin to wrap up the regular season fixtures.

The Unicorns, meanwhile, finish with three matches against teams lower than them on the table.

Melbourne 77

Tries: Chris Ling (5), Killian O’Neil, Jerrell Te Kahu, Meli Koliavu, Laith Rua, Albert Aiolupotea (2)

Conversions: Paul McConnochie (8)

Penalties: Paul McConnochie (2)

Footscray 7

Tries: Keisuke Yamada

Conversions: Keisuke Yamada

Source: Rebels Media Unit

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