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Blues fight back to defeat Bulls

The Queanbeyan Blues have come from behind to defeat the Gungahlin Bulls 18 – 14 in the Ladies League Tag Grand Final at Seiffert Oval.

Erin Hickson opened the scoring for the Queanbeyan Blues off the back of a dropped ball in-goal from Gungahlin after seven minutes of play. Briony Frater successfully converted to extend their lead to 6 – 0.

The Bulls went the length of the field with a line-break from Teagan Pateman but the Blues goal line defence proved too good as they forced a changeover with six to go before the break.

The Blues led for much of the first half until a last option kick from the Blues was collected by Caitlin Turnbull and the Bulls fullback ran the length of the field to score their first try. With four to go in the first half, Melissa McLeish locked the scores in at 6 – 6 with a successful conversion.

Gungahlin looked like scoring again as they made a break downfield, but Queanbeyan held on and the scores went into the break at 6 – 6.

Gungahlin scored the first try in the second half when Pateman crashed over six minutes in. An unsuccessful conversion left the scores at 10 – 6 with Gungahlin taking the lead for the first time.

The Bulls went back to back with a try to Matisse McNair, but an unsuccessful conversion left the scores at 14 – 6.

Kasey Dragisic scored the Blues second try with 10 to go, and a successful conversion from Frater put them back within two points at 14 – 12.

With three minutes left on the clock, hooker Georgia Smith crashed over for the Blues to retake the lead. A successful conversion from Frater extended their lead 18 – 14.

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