West Belconnen Warriors 12 (Tries: C Scott, T Freeman-Quay; Goals: R Roberts 2) d Yass Magpies 10 (Tries: J Collins 2; Goals: S Davis)
The West Belconnen Warriors have kept their title defence alive with a narrow 12-10 win over the Yass Magpies at Walker Park on Saturday afternoon.
Yass opened the scoring early in the second half when five-eighth Steve Naughton decided to run the ball from 30 metres out on the last tackle.
Having caught the Warriors defence off guard, Naughton initially escaped the Warriors defenders before offloading the ball which was subsequently kicked into the in goal for Yass winger, Jesse Collins.
However, Cameron Scott scored in the left corner on the verge of halftime to send the teams into the shed with scores locked at 6-6.
Jesse Collins gave Yass the lead midway through the second half with his second try of the afternoon. With the light fading, Magpies centre Willie Peace drew in two defenders before managing to offload to Collins who gathered the ball to score.
Shaun Davis missed the conversion from the touchline meaning that the Magpies held only a four-point lead.
Brilliance from West Belconnen captain Ryan McQueen levelled the scores as the halfback troubled the Yass defence before passing to Tori Freeman-Quay who scored.
With only ten minutes left in the match, Bobby Roberts slotted the conversion to give the Warriors a two-point lead.
As the clock wound down, Yass tried desperately to score, but a big hit from Freeman-Quay ensured the ball came loose to give the Warriors the win.
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Queanbeyan Kangaroos 58 (Tries: L Spaander 3, J Ayers 3, T Whiley, N Ngere, J Dent, A Woods; Goals: B Crisp 9) d Gungahlin Bulls 20 (Tries: K Madden, D Cooper-Shields, N Mead, T Sheard; Goals: D Williams 2)
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos created breathing space between themselves and the third placed Yass Magpies thanks to a 58-20 win over the Gungahlin Bulls.
Sitting second last on the ladder, the Bulls were likely to struggle against the Roos but threatened to cause an upset as they raced to a 10-6 lead early in the first half.
Boosted by the return of star playmaker Brent Crisp, the Kangaroos wrestled back the momentum as they ended up scoring ten tries with Crisp converting nine of them.
Former Gungahlin skipper Josh Ayers and current Canberra Raiders U20s halfback Logan Spaander were amongst the try scorers for the Roos as the duo both scored three tries each.
Woden Valley Rams 32 (Tries: C McGhie 2, M Gilmour, J Taws, K Vaetoe; Goals: J Carroll 6) d Belconnen United Sharks 18 (Tries: D Eason, D Denny, T Sione; Goals: D Eason 3)
A second half comeback from the Woden Valley Rams was enough to see of the Sharks and keep their finals hopes alive.
The last placed Sharks started the match strongly and raced to an 18-0 lead within the opening 20 minutes.
However, two sin binnings and a late sending off for the Sharks and a spirited second half from the Rams turned the match around.
Cleveland McGhie scored two tries for the afternoon including the try to give the Rams the lead for the first time in the game when he caught a cross-field kick from Jayden Carroll.
Kebjarvei Vaetoe scored the final try of the afternoon as he stepped through Belconnen’s defensive line after Tino Sione had been sent to the bin.
The win sees Woden move up to sixth, three points behind the fourth-placed Bushrangers.
Queanbeyan Blues 46 (B Taueki 2, T Reudiger, J Wheeler, G Stewart, T Stevens, A McInnes, B Nicoll tries; T Campese 6, B Taueki goals) d Goulburn Bulldogs 24 (B Hewitt, T Cornish, D Stephens, Z Hart, N Cornish tries; B Hewitt 2 goals)
The Queanbeyan Blues continued their good season with a 46 -24 over the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs.
Having scored three tries in the opening 12 minutes, it appeared like it would be a long day for the Bulldogs, but to their credit, Goulburn dug deep to create an intriguing contest.
Blake Hewitt scored a try under bizarre circumstances when Goulburn kickoff struck the goalpost before bouncing into the arms of Hewitt who scored.
From that moment, the Blues and Bulldogs scored try for try as the Blues ended up claiming a 22 point win.
The loss sees Goulburn drop to seventh on the ladder, three points behind the fourth-placed Bushrangers.