Cerberus rugby in title chance

Published on CPL Aaron Curran (author), LSIS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Location(s): Box Hill, VIC

Topic(s): HMAS Cerberus

Seaman Star Nelson Gibuma of the HMAS Cerberus Rugby Union Team runs with the ball against Bendigo in the Second Division B Grand Final match held at Box Hill, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
Seaman Star Nelson Gibuma of the HMAS Cerberus Rugby Union Team runs with the ball against Bendigo in the Second Division B Grand Final match held at Box Hill, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus’ rugby team came tantalisingly close to stamping their mark on Victorian rugby after making it to the Victorian Rugby Union Division 2B grand final on 15 August in Box Hill.

After charging through the draw unbeaten, the team lost at the last hurdle 22-7 to Bendigo.

Team captain Seaman Kane Coyne, a trainee Marine Technician, said once the final came around a couple of key players were lost to postings and injuries.

“When you have players posting out all the time and a different team every three weeks it makes it hard to keep consistent,” Seaman Coyne said.

“All through the competition we had a phenomenal team, but in the final we did what we could with who we had.”

There was still one surprise left for the Cerberus team, fullback Seaman Star Nelson Gibuma picked up all three player awards after the match - leading individual point scorer (145), most points scored during the season and best player of the season.

“Nelson had a fantastic year,” Seaman Coyne said.

“He’s unreal, quick and untouchable.

"He scored an average of three tries per game and he definitely has got big opportunities and a playing career ahead of him.

"The sky's the limit there.”

HMAS Cerberus and Bendigo Rugby Union Teams in a scrum during the Second Division B Grand Final match held at Box Hill, Victoria.

HMAS Cerberus and Bendigo Rugby Union Teams in a scrum during the Second Division B Grand Final match held at Box Hill, Victoria.


Seaman Coyne posts out this year but said as long as Cerberus continued to get good players they would be competitive.

“I say to the incoming team get in and have a go,” he said.

“We had a great bunch of blokes and the staff put in a huge effort which makes it all worth it.”

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