Two exciting games in the CRRL Cup over the weekend saw the Quenbeyan Blues and Raiders Under 20’s sides come away with a win.
Queanbeyan Blues 25 (Tries: C Ale, B Buckley, M Vanisi, K Michl; Goals: T Campese 4; Field goal: T Campese) d Gungahlin Bulls 18 (Tries: T Eldridge, T Sherd, C Williams, Z Patch; Goals: T Eldridge)
The defending premiers kicked off their 2020 season with a 25-18 win over the Gungahlin Bulls at Seiffert Oval on Saturday.
Both sides ran in four tries a piece, with the boot of Blues five-eighth Terry Campese proving the difference. Campese kicked four goals and one field goal to help his side to a win, despite trailing at half-time.
Cyprian Ale, Bradley Buckley, Manu Vanisi and Kurt Michl all scored for the home side, who now sit second on the ladder after the first round.
Raiders Under 20’s 28 (Tries: J Williams, C Harris, M Souter, M Kaho, J Allen; Goals: J Williams 3, J Roberts) d Woden Valley Rams 16 (Tries: S Maloney, S Swanson, B Robertson; Goals: D Desmet, B Robertson)
The Raiders Under 20’s came from behind to claim a 28-16 win over the Woden Valley Rams at Phillip Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Raiders U20’s halfback Jordan Williams was outstanding, scoring a try and setting up another two.
Williams crossed the tryline in the opening five minutes, off the back of some crafty work from hooker Mitch Souter.
Woden hit back when second rower Sean Maloney scored off a ricocheted grubber.
Winger Scott Swanson then crossed in the corner to give the Rams a 10-6 lead at half time.
Both sides’ goal line defence held strong in the second half, until a Cooper Harris try tied the game at 10-10 heading into the three-quarter break.
With everything to play for, the Raiders hit the lead after a double chip and chase play by Williams, who passed to Souter to score next to the posts.
Raiders U20’s fullback Manase Kaho crossed untouched the next set, with Williams setting him up.
Rams halfback Brayden Robertson scored to bring Woden to within one converted try, but Raiders lock Josh Allen crossed the line in the last minute of the game to seal the win.