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Blumers Lawyers CRC Round 8 Wrap

Only one point separates the top three sides after round eight of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup.

Woden Valley Rams 12 (Tries: J Desaxe, J Morgan; Goals: L Withers 2) d West Belconnen Warriors 8 (Tries: R Thomas, R Roberts)

The Woden Valley Rams closed in on the top of the table Bushrangers after claiming a four point win against the West Belconnen Warriors.

The Rams took the lead through James Desaxe but West Belconnen got their noses in front as Ryley Thomas and Bobby Roberts scored either side of the break.

Jeff Morgan powered his way over the line midway through the second half which proved to be enough to ensure the Rams sit one points by the top of the table Bushrangers.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos 22 (Tries: J Ayers, J Kiely, K Pagura, J Simbikin; Goals: L Ingram 3) d Belconnen United Sharks 21 (Tries: S Mataora 2, C McAskill; Goals: T Aroha-Tuinauvai 4; Field Goals: M Morris)

The Queanbeyan Kangaroos now sit only one point off the top four after they came from behind to beat the Belconnen United Sharks at O’Connor.

A double to former Canberra Raiders and Newcastle Knights prop Sam Mataora gave the Sharks an early lead.

However, the Kangaroos found plenty of joy down their left edge as Josh Ayers, Jeremiah Simbiken and Kaine Pagura all scored down that edge.

Matthew Morris put the Sharks into the lead with a field goal but Lachie Ingram kicked the winning penalty to seal the win for the Kangaroos.

Queanbeyan Blues 34 (Tries: I Cotric 3, N Marshall, M Parsons, J Stuckey; Goals: T Campese 5) drew Tuggeranong Bushrangers 34 (Tries: J Pollard 2, J Ambrose, B Nanesa, J McGrath, T Eldridge; Goals: W Alexander 5)

The Queanbeyan Blues and Tuggeranong Bushrangers couldn’t be separated as the two sides played out an entertaining draw at Seiffert Oval.

The Blues stormed to an 18-0 lead within the opening ten minutes but a length of the field try to Jayden Pollard helped Tuggeranong open their account.

Ilija Cotric sealed his hattrick in the second half as the Blues stretched their lead to 34-8.

However, the Bushrangers forwards started running over the top of the Blues in the last 20 minutes as they scored a barrage of tries to trail only by two points.

Wezley Alexander sealed the draw right at the end of the match after successfully kicking a penalty from right in front.

Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 56 (Tries: S Cummins 4, M Cornish 2, J Aubusson, P Cooke, N Cornish, I Tittor; Goals: C Hart 6) d Gungahlin Bulls 4 (Try: A Pettit)

Four tries to Steve Cummins helped the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs ease to victory against the Gungahlin Bulls.

James Aubusson and Mitch Cornish helped the Bulldogs start positively with early tries but Gungahlin fought their way back through Alex Pettit.

However, from that moment onwards, Goulburn was relentless as they scored a further nine tries with Mitch and Nick Cornish causing plenty of havoc for the Bulls.

The win sees the Bulldogs move within one point off the top of the table before they enjoy two weeks off due to the general bye and their allocated bye.

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