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Specsavers Katrina Fanning Shield 2020 Round 6 Wrap

The Queanbeyan Blues remain undefeated while the Tuggeranong Buffaloes recorded their second win, in round six action.

Tuggeranong Buffaloes 30 (Tries: K Lyons 2, J Stanley 2, K Kennedy, M Smith, S Mitchell, K Mitchell; Goals: K Mitchell 2 ) d West Belconnen 0

The Tuggeranong Buffaloes bounced back from last week’s loss with a 30-0 win over West Belconnen at Raiders Belconnen on Saturday.

The Buffaloes attack was very strong, running in eight tries. Five-eighth Jessica Stanley and lock Karen Lyons both scored doubles for the side, with Merinda Smith, Kiara Kennedy, Sharna Mitchell and Kiarna Mitchell also grabbing four-pointers.

West Belconnen showed much improvement in the game, but are yet to get that elusive first try of the season.

The Buffaloes are now two points behind the second placed Bushpies on the ladder.

 

Queanbeyan Blues 22 (Tries: K Dragisic 2, S Allan, C Johnson; Goals: S Wood 3) d Bushpies 20 (Tries: K Huey, S Afele, E Winbank, E Masi ; Goals: E Blowes, E Ernst)

The Queanbeyan Blues kept their unbeaten winning streak alive after a thrilling 22-20 win over the Bushpies at Phillip Oval on Sunday.

Down 20-10 at halftime, the Blues again staged a late comeback, with a Kasey Dragisic double helping the side to a win.

The Bushpies were first on the scoreboard, after a lovely pass by second rower Emily Ernst allowed Kristy Huey to score. Fullback Elissa Blowes missed the conversion, with the score remaining at 4-0.

The Bushpies extended their lead after a great run by halfback Eilish Winbank, who passed to Samara Afele to cross the tryline. Blowes added the two points, with the Bushpies leading 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Blues jumped into attacking mode after the quarter break, and it didn’t take long for Shaenice Allan to score a try. Halfback Samantha Wood kicked the conversion, with the Blues now trailing 10-6.

Queanbeyan levelled the scores at 10-10 when Dragisic threw a long pass to winger Casey Johnson, who scored down the sideline.

The Blues looked like scoring again, but the Bushpies held on with some solid defence.

The Bushpies hit back when prop Nirvana Ngan-Woo burst through the line and ran up the middle, before passing to E Winbank to score her first try of the day. Ernst kicked the goal to give the Bushpies a 16-10 lead.

Some great defence by the Blues bundled the Bushpies into touch and stopped a try, but they couldn’t stop winger Ema Masi in the next set. Ernst missed the conversion, and the Bushpies went into half-time with a 20-10 lead.

The Blues came out firing after the break, but were held out a couple of times by some strong Bushpies goal line defence.

Dragisic kick-started the comeback for the Blues in the fourth quarter, diving over the tryline for a four-pointer. Wood added the two points to bring the score to 20-16.

The Bushpies nearly got their fifth try of the day but dropped the ball over the tryline. Queanbeyan capitalised and marched down the field, where Dragisic crossed the line under the posts for her double. Woods kicked the all-important conversion to give the visiting side a 22-20 lead.

The Bushpies threw everything they had at the Blues in the final few minutes, but it wasn’t enough as Queanbeyan held on.

The win sees the Blues jump four points clear on top of the ladder.

The Bushpies take on the Tuggeranong Buffaloes next weekend, while the Blues face West Belconnen.