SOUTHERN Bay Cyclones senior rugby team celebrated the opening game of the second round with a comprehensive victory over University at Charlie Buckler Memorial Sportsground, winning by 36-3.
In an evenly contested first half, the University "young guns" put in a solid defensive performance to deny any scores to the home team and it was not until mid-way through the half that flanker Steve Berry crashed through for the opening try to Cyclones after strong lead-up work by his fellow forwards.
With five-eighth Matt Byrne's conversion Cyclones led 7-0. Steve Berry again registered Cyclones' second try and with Byrne's conversion, Cyclones were up 14-0.
Uni registered their only score with a penalty goal for the half time score 14-3.
Cyclones were determined to press on with the job after the break and quickly established their complete scrum dominance, which served to exhaust the Uni forwards and it was not long before Cyclones were in full flight.
First it was centre Kyle Cooper who burst through for a try, and then winger Baden Reid showed a clean pair of heels from a half chance and raced away to score a try before lock forward Phil Coates scored his first try for the year.
At this point Cyclones were comfortably ahead 29-3 but it was fitting that The Phil's Street Customs Player of the Day, Steve Berry, registered his third try and with the conversion the final score of 36-3 was reached. Try of the Day went to Baden Reid.
Tomorrow Cyclones take on the other University team at 2pm at Charlie Buckler Memorial Pk, Redland Bay. All welcome.