In round nine of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup there were impressive wins for the Kangaroos, Blues and Bulls; while Yass once again came from behind to secure another two competition points.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 64 (Tries: J Dent 2, N Ngere 2, B Cronan, T Whiley, J Simbiken, B Crisp, J Essex, A Gorrell, J Ayers; Goals: Crisp 10 ) d West Belconnen Warriors 18 (Tries: C Thorley 2, C Brebner; Goals: A McDonald, C Brebner, C Thorley)
In a rematch of last year’s grand final the Queanbeyan Kangaroos brushed aside the West Belconnen Warriors 64-18 at Raiders Belconnen.
The Kangaroos were given a huge boost before kick off when Jedidiah Simbiken, Tavita Aroha and Nukurua Ngere were named in the lineup despite leading Monaro to the Country Championship title 24 hours earlier.
However, the Warriors weren’t as fortunate and had their Monaro representatives, Tori Freeman, Ryley Thomas, Tim Shaw and captain Ryan McQueen missing from the team.
Queanbeyan scored two tries early in the match to assert their dominance before West Belconnen hit back through five-eighth Chris Thorley.
However, the resistance was short lived as the Kangaroos once again put their foot on the accelerator to take a 28-6 halftime lead.
The Warriors scored two late consolation tries but only once the Roos were out of sight having scored over 50 points.
The win sees the Kangaroos maintain second place on the ladder while the Warriors drop down to sixth place.
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Gungahlin Bulls 52 (Tries: W Samuel, S Bramich, H Smith-Shields, K Allan, D Williams, D Cooper-Shields, S Lomax 2, D Low; Goals: D Keir 8) d Woden Valley Rams 12 (Tries: K Posantsiz, J Tawes; Goals: C Johnson 2)
After losing late in their match against the Yass Magpies last week, the Gungahlin Bulls stormed to a dominant win against the Woden Valley Rams.
Canberra Raiders NYC prop William Samuel put in a dominant performance for the Bulls as they scored nine tries against a Woden side heavily affected by the Country Championships final.
Second rower Sheen Lomax, son of Raiders legend John, also scored a double to help propel the Bulls to fifth on the ladder and merely one point away from fourth place.
Woden sit in eighth place on the ladder after their heavy loss but have accrued the same number of competition points as the Bulls.
Yass Magpies 34 (Tries: K Danilzcak, S Davis, Benny Warner, J Vatikani 2, J Collins; Goals: S Davis 5) d Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 22 (Tries: N Cornish, C Hart, D Stephens, J Berthelot; Goals: B Hewitt, C Hart 2)
The Yass Magpies have finished the first half of the season in third place thanks to a win over their Hume Highway rivals, the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.
The Magpies took a 12-0 lead in the first half but the Bulldogs hit back early in the second half to take a slender lead.
However, Yass dug deep and scored four straight tries to swing the momentum back in their favour and take control of the match.
The defeat means that the Goulburn remain in seventh place heading into the general bye.
Queanbeyan Blues 34 (Tries: T Stevens, B Taueki, T Reudiger 2, N Naseri, S Kalsbeek; Goals: Campese 5) d Tuggeranong Bushrangers 12 (Tries: W Tauti, Q Cannon; Goals: J Mitchell 2)
The Queanbeyan Blues remain undefeated after securing a comfortable 24 point win against the Bushrangers.
Steered by captain-coach Terry Campese, the Blues controlled the tempo of the match throughout the afternoon.
The Bushrangers had a glimmer of hope when Quinlyn Cannon finished off a length of the field try to score under the posts before John Wesley Tauti scored shortly afterwards.
However, the Blues once again asserted their dominance when lock Scott Kalsbeek burrowed his way over the line to score.
The win sees the Blues remain at the top of the ladder, two points clear of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos while defeat sees the Bushrangers drop to fourth place.