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Tuggeranong Vikings v Wests Lions at Viking Park
Tuggeranong Vikings back rower Tim Cree scored a try in the dying minutes to seal a thrilling 19-17 victory for his side at Viking Park on Saturday.
In a physical match that saw both sides literally lock horns many times, Cree’s try came as Tuggeranong found themselves down 17-12.
While Wests would have been gutted to let such a gutsy lead slip, Tuggeranong, along with their new coach Brad Harris, would have been very happy knowing they can still win in tight circumstances despite some significant changes in their playing roster and coaching staff.
Harris credited his men’s defence for their win, but said that a lot more work was needed in attack.
“We just stuck to our guts and got a little bit of field position at the end, and completed, and got the try which was really pleasing,” he said.
“It was certainly a game that could have gone either way.”
“Defensively we were pretty happy with how we went, but our attack certainly didn’t get going to the level that we wanted it to,” he said.
Wests coach Craig Robberds found it hard to fault his men’s effort, and was happy with their physicality at the breakdown.
The Vikings were boosted by a home ground atmosphere featuring the club’s sponsor’s day, ladies day, and charity day all combined.
The Vikings wore special Cerebral Palsy Alliance jerseys which were auctioned off after the game to raise funds for the charity.
“It’s one of those one of those big days on our calendar,” said Harris.
Harris credited Jack Holmes and Tim Cree for having outstanding games.
Tuggeranong Vikings 19 (Noble, Dickson, Niumata tries; Proctor two cons) bt Wests Lions 17 (Small, Harrod; Small two cons; pen) at Viking Park
Queanbeyan Whites v Uni-Norths Owls at ANU North Oval
The Queanbeyan Whites have continued their impressive start to the season by making it two from two in a 45-18 thrashing of the Uni-Norths Owls at ANU North Oval.
Whites coach Adam Fahey said that his men’s two big wins to start the season have come down to good execution and taking opportunities when they present themselves.
“When we get our execution right, we’ve got some quality players across the park that can score points,” he said.
The Whites were able to score points from all parts of the field, and Fahey said the tactic was to go through the middle with the forwards and go around the edges, depending on where the chances were.
Fahey said fullback Sam Windsor again showed class, while he thought prop Chris barbaro was strongest in the middle.
Queanbeyan Whites 45 (Scorers unkown) bt Uni-Norths Owls (Te-Huki, Breen, Irwin tries; Irwin pen) 18 at ANU North Oval
Gungahlin Eagles v Eastern Suburbs at Nicholls Oval
The Gungahlin Eagles took their first win of 2013 in a hard fought 37-22 win over Eastern Suburbs at Nicholls Oval.
The Eagles would have been very pleased with their performance after conceding losses in the dying minutes of the opening two rounds of the competition.
For Eastern Suburbs, it was an improved performance from their 38-15 round two loss to Queanbeyan, but continued their misfortunes from their round one drought-breaking win.
Eastern Suburbs coach Jeremy Osbourne said that his men have not been executing simple plays properly, and that that has been letting their performances down.
“For us it’s just a matter of not taking easy options all the time and [improving] execution when we get into try-scoring positions,” he said.
“We’ll knock off a few teams when that happens.”
Gungahlin Eagles 37 (Murphy, Ilolaho, Connochie, Western; Connelly four cons; three pens) bt Eastern Suburbs 22 (Van Der Walt 2, Laubenback tries; goals unkown) at Nicholls Oval