The Dolphins overcame fellow ‘Loggies’ club 23 Pioneer Regiment to reach the Final of the Army Premiership Cup. The expected result was far from assured until the Pioneer pack, a robust unit, tired in the third quarter. And then, as if by magic, the Pioneers re-emerged to produce, in the last fifteen minutes, consistent team play and a cliff hanger.
It required Army threequarters Malakai Magnus and Gavin Ferguson, who ended up with two tries apiece to seal a notable victory for the seaman. The ‘hammer’ and the ‘anvil’ were effective craftsmen against a more than resilient Pioneer side. Ferguson was constantly at the heart of the action and is a tough nut to drop. He carries strongly and has front row type strength when he sniffs the whitewash.
Both teams had firepower which they used aplenty until the Magnus second try which sealed the result. 23 Pioneer Regiment are a good side and would have made worthy finalists.