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The Canberra Raiders Cup has once again shown its unpredictability with a weekend full of comebacks and big wins.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 44 (Tries: Q Cannon 3, B Bonovan 2, I Afemui, J Heyman, J Pollard, N Chudleigh; Goals: Oakley 3, J Mitchell) defeated Belconnen Sharks 24 (Tries: S. Tatipata 2, M. Kirk, J. Brown; Goals: D. Eason 4)
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers have put together one of their best performances of the season to defeat the Belconnen Sharks in a confident display.
Despite holding the lead for the opening quarter of the match, the Sharks defence began to weaken as the Bushrangers forwards started to break down the line. With the hard work done and the platform laid, the Bushrangers attack started to fire as they ran in nine tries to take the lead and run away with the match.
The win moves the Bushrangers up two spots into third, but they will have a tough game next Saturday when they take on the Queanbeyan Blues at home. The Sharks remain on the bottom of the table but will enjoy a much needed rest this week as they have the bye.
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Yass Magpies 24 (Tries: Scott Naughton, Steven Naughton, Shaun Davis, William Peace; Goals: Shaun Davis 4) defeated Gungahlin Bulls 18 (Tries: Michael Sollis, Luke Jones, Sheen Lomax, Harley Smith-Shields; Goals: Daniel Keir)
A second half comeback from the Yass Magpies has moved them into the top four as they trumped a determined Gungahlin Bulls outfit to sneak home winners.
Down 14-6 at halftime, The Magpies piled on 18 points in quick succession to steal the lead from the Bulls, largely thanks to the pin-point kicking ofShaun Davis. Despite finishing on four tries each, it was the boot of Davis which gave Yass the advantage, converting all four of the Magpie’s tries when the Bulls could only managed to convert one.
The Magpies will now face the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs at home next Saturday as the Bulls look to bounce back against the Woden Valley Rams.
Queanbeyan Blues 26 (Tries: T Stevens, F Fanifo, B Taueki, M Cullen; Goals: T Campese 3) defeated West Belconnen Warriors 16 (Tries: R. Fulivai, B. Graham, D. Killick-Moran; Goals: A. Mcdonald 2)
The Queanbeyan Blues have secured their seventh win of the season after they held off a resilient West Belconnen Warriors fight to stay on top of the Canberra Raiders Cup ladder.
The Warriors gave the unbeaten Blues a fright with strong defence and some well executed attack putting them right in the contest. However two quick tries in the second half from the hands of captain and star player Terry Campese gave the Blues enough of an advantage to hold off the Warriors attack and go home winners.
The Blues now look ahead to next Saturday as they take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers away. As for the Warriors they come up against another Queanbeyan team in the Kangaroos but will enjoy the home ground advantage this time around.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 40 (Tries, L Dumas 2, B Crisp 2, J Kiely 2, G Afemui, M Connolly; Goals: B Crisp 4) defeated Woden Valley Rams 14 (Tries: L. Johnson, M. Gilmour, K. Vaetoe; Goals: C. Johnson)
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos have cruised past the Woden Valley Rams in a clinical display for their sixth win of the season.
Despite opening the scoring, the Rams had no answers for the pin-point kicking and speed of the Kangaroos. The Roos edge attack was on fire with Dumas, Crisp and Kiely all crossing over for doubles and helping guide their side to an easy victory.
Off the back of a big win, the Roos will head down to Belconnen full of confidence when they take on the West Belconnen Warriors next Saturday. The Rams will look to make full use of a home game next weekend when they take on the Gungahlin Bulls knowing a win could move them into the top four.
Article written by James Coman