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West Belconnen claim narrow win

Brent Crisp enjoyed his return to Seears Workwear Oval as the West Belconnen Warriors claimed a 32-30 win over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

The Kangaroos were boosted in the lead up to the match with former Canberra Raiders fullback Reece Robinson a late inclusion to play his first game for his new club.

The West Belconnen Warriors dominated the early stages of the match and opened the try scoring after eight minutes when a towering Brent Crisp kick was dropped by Kaine Pagura and gathered by Ryley Thomas.

Thomas then turned creator as he sent Andrew McDonald over for two tries in four minutes as the Warriors’ halves pairing of Bobby Roberts and Brent Crip continued to dominate.

Nukurua Ngere opened the Kangaroos’ trying scoring account as they scored the first time they entered the opposition 20 meters.

Tre Williams narrowed the margin to two points when he stepped his way through the defensive line.

However, the Warriors restored their lead before halftime as Crisp found Keresoma Sione who ran through a hole to score.

Lachie Ingram provided the Kangaroos with plenty of spark in the second half as the young playmaker scored two tries.

Between Ingram double, Crisp scored his first try against his former club as the five-eighth supported Ryley Thomas who broke the line before passing.

Brandon Withers scored for West Belconnen but Sione Afemui crashed over for the Kangaroos as they ensured the dying stages of the match would be tense.

The Warriors managed to hold on to claim a 32-30 win as the Kangaroos continue their search for their first victory.

West Belconnen Warriors 32 (Tries: A McDonald 2, R Thomas, B Withers, B Crisp, K Sione; Goals: B Crisp 4) d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 30 (Tries: L Ingram 2, N Ngere, T Williams, S Afemui; Goals: L Ingram 5)

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