A wet weekend of action saw the Queanbeyan Blues and Raiders Under 20’s both record wins.
Queanbeyan Blues 18 (Tries: M Parsons, K Michl, J Hitchins; Goals: M Parsons 3) d Woden Valley Rams 14 (Tries: D Desmet, N Baldwin, B Robertson; Goals: B Robertson 1)
The Queanbeyan Blues held off a determined Woden Valley Rams outfit to claim an 18-14 win at Phillip Oval on Saturday.
In what was a wet and physical game, both team’s bunkered down in defence, each stopping a number of scoring opportunities.
Queanbeyan were first on the scoreboard after 13 minutes, with a try to fullback Mathew Parsons in the corner. Parsons couldn’t convert his try, with the Blues maintaining a 4-0 lead.
The Rams hit back with five-eighth Daniel Desmet crossing the line off the back of a penalty. His halves partner Brayden Robertson added the extras to give the Rams a 6-4 lead.
Woden Valley added four more points after winger Nick Baldwin dived over to score. But the Blues leveled the scoreline at 10-10 soon after when second rower Kurt Michl crashed over under the posts and Parsons successfully converted.
Queanbeyan went into half time with a 12-10 lead after a successful penalty goal.
The Rams started the second half strongly, and Robertson crossed for his second try of the season. The conversion was unsuccessful, and the score remained at 14-12.
The Blues bounced back in the fourth quarter with a try to second rower Joshua Hitchins and a successful conversion to Parsons giving the away side a 18-14 lead.
The Rams threw everything they had at the Blues defensive line, but the Blues held strong to record the win.
Queanbeyan are now in second place, with the Rams two points behind.
Raiders Under 20’s 28 (Tries: S Titiuti 2, J Simbiken, T Mooney, K Walkington-Meads; Goals: M Souter 2, R Piepers 2) d Gungahlin Bulls 8 (Tries: E Pehara; Goals: T Williams 2)
The Raiders Under 20’s remain undefeated after a 28-8 win over the Gungahlin Bulls at Nicholls International on Saturday.
In very difficult conditions and the field looking like a mud bath, the scores were locked at 8-8 at half time. But the Raiders U20’s managed to pull off another win with a great second half.
Bulls winger Earldric Pehara scored his team’s only try in his first grade debut.
Raiders Under 20’s prop Silafono Titiuti continued his strong form with a double, with Jeremiah Simbiken, Trey Mooney and Keaton Walkington-Meads also all crossing the tryline.
The win sees the Raiders U20’s jump to a two point lead on top of the ladder.
The Gungahlin Bulls host the Queanbeyan Blues next weekend, while the Raiders Under 20’s play the Woden Valley Rams.