Round three of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup is in the books with four dominant performances from the Bushrangers, Bulls, Bulldogs and Warriors.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 36 d Woden Valley Rams 6
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers have caused an upset beating the previously undefeated Rams by 30-points at Phillip Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Woden Valley scored their first and only try in the 6th minute through a scrappy grubber from halfback Jackson McDonald who was able to dive on his own kick to score the opening points of the game.
However, the Bushrangers scored two tries in the final ten minutes of the first half to take a 12-6 lead into the break.
Only four minutes into the second half, Tuggeranong opened their lead up to ten-points off a barnstorming run from one of their left-edge forwards who dragged four defenders with him over the line to score.
From there it was all Tuggeranong with the visiting side scoring five unanswered tries in the second half including an intercept try after the siren to secure the 36-6 win.
Gungahlin Bulls 44 d Queanbeyan Blues 16
The Gungahlin Bulls have recorded their first win of the season over the Queanbeyan Blues, winning by 28 points in front of their home fans on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls have struggled in their opening two games this year and seemed determined to deny the Blues of glory, starting with a try to Willie Delamere in the second minute of the match.
But Queanbeyan answered right back with a sensational fend and a run from centre Jake Butler-Fleming to level things up in the 7th minute.
Only minutes later, the trusty connection between Terry Campese and winger George Morseu shone through with Campese throwing a fast cut out ball to put him over in the left hand corner.
But Gungahlin responded incredibly, running in four straight tries to take a 30-10 lead into halftime.
Although the Blues scored the opening try of the second half, it was all Gungahlin to finish the game with the home side wreaking havoc to take a 44-16 victory in round three.
Goulburn City Bulldogs 36 d Yass Magpies 6
The Goulburn City Bulldogs remain undefeated upon the top of the ladder after a convincing 30-point destruction of the Magpies on Sunday at home.
A short side crash over play from the Bulldogs through Ron Leapai in the second minute opened the scoring for the match and immediately put Yass on the back foot.
Goulburn City quickly followed it up with two tries down their right hand side, finding gaps all through Yass’s defensive line to go out to a 16-point lead in as many minutes.
The Bulldogs piled on the points for the remainder of the half, blowing their lead out to 36-points by halftime.
It took until the 56th minute for the Magpies to score their first points through an offload to forward Jason Davis.
Unfortunately the game was stopped following the try as Bulldogs’ winger Max Flack had a lower-leg fracture in an attempt to stop Davis. Paramedics were immediately called to assist the injured tryscorer.
West Belconnen Warriors 52 d Belconnen United Sharks 6
The Warriors have won the classic Belconnen derby matchup, emphatically defeating the Sharks by 46 points at Raiders Belconnen on Sunday night.
In what was the match of the round fixture, the West Belconnen Warriors put on a show, running in 34 points in the second half alone.
It took until the 11th minute for either side to crack and it was the Warriors barging their way over in the left corner through centre William Peace to open the scoring for the night.
Right on halftime, Sharks forward Sonny Tupoula was sent from the field after a fighting incident broke out with an opposing front rower. The Sharks were forced to play one man down for the remainder of the match.
Warriors half Bobby Roberts nailed a penalty conversion after the halftime buzzer, to enter the sheds with a comfortable 18-nil lead.
West Belconnen started the second half where they left off, with William Peace scoring off a beautifully placed grubber into the in-goal only two minutes into the half.
It was all downhill from there for the Sharks, with very little scoring opportunities and continuously having to resist the Warriors relentlessly attack. The Sharks managed to score in 55th minute but it wasn’t enough with the Warriors walking away a 52-6 victory.