Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup Round 9 Wrap
It was the unofficial retro round in the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup as the likes of Aaron McInnes, Aaron Gorrell and Jarrad Teka all put on their boots to aide their sides as the competition reached the halfway point.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 52 (Tries: B Cronan 2, J Kiely 2, N Ngere 2, B Crisp, S Dunn, N Grant; Goals: B Crisp 8) d West Belconnen Warriors 22 (Tries: T Aroha Tuinauvai, J Graham, D Litster, B Litster, Goals: M Campbell 3)
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos made a statement as they comfortably beat the West Belconnen Warriors at Seears Workwear Oval.
The Kangaroos scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes thanks to Brent Crisp and Jake Kiely.
Ryan McQueen put Dustin Litster over as the Warriors clawed one back, but the Kangaroos hit back with three tries in 10 minutes.
Bryan Cronan sealed his double on the verge of halftime as the Kangaroos went into the sheds boasting a 34-12 lead.
Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai barged over for the Warriors to score against his former club but Nic Grant and Brent Crisp extended the Kangaroos lead.
Jake Kiely finished off the scoring as he grabbed his double to bring up the Kangaroos half-century.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 42 (Tries: J Mitchell 2, L Tuicakau 2, M Brophy, B Neil, N Smith; Goals: J Mitchell 7) d Queanbeyan Blues 8 (Tries: Z Patch, D Barrie)
Tuggeranong moved into outright first on the table as the Bushrangers beat the Queanbeyan Blues 42-8 at Seiffert Oval.
The Blues were dealt a blow with the late withdrawal of captain-coach Terry Campese but started the brighter of the two sides as Zac Patch, and David Barrie gave Queanbeyan an 8-0 lead.
However, the Bushrangers found their stride after 20 minutes, and Michael Brophy crossed from short range before Josh Mitchell gave Tuggeranong a 12-8 lead at halftime as he caught the markers napping.
With the game firmly in the balance at halftime, the Bushrangers lifted a gear as they dominated field position in the second half.
Mitchell scored another try from dummy half in the 49th minute before setting up Brent Neil for his first of the season shortly afterwards.
The tries continued as Mick Picker found himself in space before passing to Nathan Smith on his inside who scored.
With five minutes remaining, Queanbeyan centre Tyler Stevens found himself sent to the bin and Tuggeranong winger Livinai Tuicakau capitalised with a double.
Woden Valley Rams 68 (Tries: M Gilmour 2, K Going 2, M Geiger 2, R Leapai, B Martin, C McGhie, J Taws, P Vaka-Vivili, S Kaufusi; Goals: L Withers 10) d Belconnen United Sharks 6 (Try: I Hamad; Goals: A McDonald)
The Woden Valley Rams closed in on the top four with a massive win against the Belconnen United Sharks.
Jesse Taws scored in the second minute of the game having been put over the line by Michael Gilmour.
The Sharks hit back three minutes later when Isaac Hamad scored from dummy half, but from that moment on, it was one-way traffic.
The Rams exploited the edges as Michael Gilmour grabbed a double and Woden racked up a 50-6 lead at halftime.
Woden continued the second half in the same vein as the first with Brad Martin and Ron Leapai scoring.
Solomone Kaufusi scored the final try of the game as he barged his way over the line on his First Grade debut.
Yass Magpies 50 (Tries: T Warner 3, Steve Naughton 2, S Aiolupo 2, B Warner, J Smith; Goals: S Davis 7) d Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 24 (Tries: C Hart, Z Hart, F Paletua-Kiri, N Whatman; Goals: C Hart 4)
The Yass Magpies sit outside the top four only on for and against after they beat the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs at Walker Park.
Steve Naughton opened the scoring after two minutes before Saipani Aiolupo crashed over the line minutes later to double Yass' lead.
The tries kept coming for Yass, and the Magpies took a 34-0 lead into the sheds at halftime with Steve Naughton securing his double before the break.
Tom Warner scored a hattrick with two tries after the break before Goulburn finally got on the board thanks to Chris Hart.
Goulburn continued to scores tries as Mitchell Turner and Fabien Paletua-Kiri both crossed the line, but it was mere consolation.
Aiolupo barged his way over to grab his second of the afternoon, while Nic Whatman scored the final try of the match.