Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup Round 14 Wrap
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers extended their lead at the top, while the Kangaroos moved up to second place in Round 14 of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 36 (Tries: M Brophy, J Heyman, D Hickson, J Martin, N Smith, T Vanisi; Goals: J Mitchell 6) d West Belconnen Warriors 16 (Tries: T Aroha-Tuinauvai, B Loughhead, R Thomas; Goals: L Keeley 2)
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers claimed victory in the top of the table clash to move three points clear at the top of the ladder.
Jack Heyman opened the scoring for Tuggeranong after he capitalised on a Ryley Thomas error under the high ball.
Daniel Hickson and Nathan Smith extended the Bushrangers' lead but West Belconnen closed the gap to six points after tries to Bayley Loughhead and Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai.
However, Tuggeranong continued to score after the break which was highlighted by a spectacular Michael Brophy try that saw him weave his way through the West Belconnen defence.
Jordan Martin's try five minutes later was equally as good as the Bushrangers carried the ball 70 meters before the centre gathered Smith's offload to score.
Ryley Thomas scored a consolation try for the Warriors near the end of the match but it wasn't enough as West Belconnen dropped to third on the ladder.
Gungahlin Bulls 54 (Tries: S Bramich 3, H Hamo, S Lomax, D Low, K Madden, N Mead, R O'Sullivan, M Sollis; Goals: N Mead 5) d Belconnen United Sharks 18 (Tries: S Tupoula, M Hogan, J Brown; Goals: D Eason 3)
The Gungahlin Bulls collected competition points for the second consecutive week with a big win over the Belconnen United Sharks.
Belconnen started the brighter of the two sides and opened the scoring in the third minute thanks to Sonny Tupoula but Kye Madden hit back for the Bulls shortly afterwards.
The teams continued to trade tries as Gungahlin held a 16-12 lead at halftime but the Bulls scored seven tries after the break to set up the win.
Gungahlin fullback Samual Bramich had a field day and scored a hat-trick as he scored for the first time since Round 1.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 46 (Tries: Tuckwell 2, Kiely, Hitchins, Crisp, Tonga, Cronan, Grant, Ngere; Goals: B Crisp 5) d Yass Magpies 12 (Tries: J McDonald, J Vatikani; Goals: J Toppin 2)
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos have dented the Yass Magpies' finals aspirations with a convincing 46-12 win at Seears Workwear Oval.
After a tense opening to the match, the Kangaroos opened the scoring after 14 minutes through Ryan Tuckwell after the winger capitalised on an Andrew Swaffield mistake.
Having poked their noses in front, the Queanbeyan outfit scored another two tries in quick succession after Jake Kiely scored his sixth try in five games before Josh Hitchins also crossed the line.
Brent Crisp extended the Kangaroos' lead six minutes before the break with a strong surge over the try line.
Fonua Tonga started Queanbeyan's second half in ideal fashion with a powerful run down the line to score before Bryan Cronan also scored.
Nick Grant continued to pile on the misery for Yass as he scored again before the Magpies finally got on the board through Jesse McDonald.
Nukurua Ngere hit back for the Kangaroos on the back of some excellent work by Brent Crisp before Ryan Tuckwell nabbed his second.
Junior Vatikani scored a late consolation try for Yass after Scott Naughton ran through to soccer a towering kick through to the corner where the center grounded the ball
Woden Valley Rams 46 (Tries: J Taws 2, J Morgan 2, C Hodge, M Gilmour, M Geiger, D Spencer; Goals: L Withers 7) d Queanbeyan Blues 16 (Tries: J Stuckey, J Stein, J Williams; Goals: T Campese, J Baker)
The Woden Valley Rams have created a three-point buffer between themselves and the fifth placed Blues after recording a comprehensive 46-16 win at Phillip.
After a tight opening ten minutes, the Rams exposed the Blues right edge as Michael Gilmour and Cody Hodge crossed for tries.
Josh Stuckey hit back for the Blues but Daine Spencer proved too agile for the Queanbeyan defence to restore Woden's lead before the break.
The second half was all Woden's as Jeff Morgan and Jesse Taws both scored doubles.
Jordan Williams and Jake Stein both scored for the Blues in the second half but it wasn't enough as they slumped to their sixth game without a win.