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Blues win their fourth straight in style over Yass

The Queanbeyan Blues have continued their impressive mid-season form, wracking up an impressive 62-18 win over the Yass Magpies at Seiffert Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues capped off an incredible 80-minute performance, to win their fourth straight game, leaving the Yass Magpies on the bottom of the ladder.

Terry Campese got his side on the front foot straight away. A towering bomb from the captain-coach brought Yass fullback Liam Grame under pressure when he was unable to bring the ball in.

Campese took no time to collect their first try of the afternoon. Straight off the scrum, Campese drifted across the field and put his fullback Mathew Parsons through a hole to cross the line. The try was converted to give the Blues an early 6-nil lead after 5 minutes.

Yass were unable to complete their very next set, making another error coming out of their own half.

The Blues took full opportunity, spreading the ball down the left touch line to put Parsons over for an early double. Campese added the extras, extending the lead to 12-nil after 12 minutes.

Parsons looked certain to get a hatrick after only 15 minutes of play. Although, the pass which put him through yet another gap in the Yass defence was called back for a forward pass.

Yass begun to wrestle their way back into the contest as they found themselves on the attack for back-to-back sets. 

Magpies hooker Jack Hartwig got the visitors on the scoreboard, where he caught the markers off-guard and dove over from dummy-half to score a four-pointer. Shaun Davis converted to close the gap to 12-6.

Parsons managed to get his revenge, securing his first half hatrick in the next attacking set.

The Blues shifted the ball down the left-edge again where the ball found winger George Morseu, who drew the fullback and put the fullback over for his third of the afternoon.

The floodgates were starting to open when the Blues were travelling down the field with ease.

Campese held up the defence when he dummied to Parsons and went himself to score a great solo try. The captain-coach converted his own try to extend the lead to 24-6 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Yass continued to place themselves under pressure with another unforced error coming out of their own half.

Campese took full advantage, attacking the line, this time playing short to his backrower Atunaisa Tupou, to extend their lead to 30-6 right before halfitme.

The right-edge defence of Yass continued to be a liability as the Blues targeted that side of the field once again.

Morseu found himself wide open on the left touchline again. Parsons was hunting for his fourth in the first half but centre Tristan Eldridge beat him to the ball, to bag his first of the afternoon. Campese kept his perfect record with the boot, extending the lead to 36-6 at halftime.

Yass didn't learn from their mistakes in the first half, with unforced errors leading to a conceded try in the first five minutes of the second period.

Tupou hit the ball up close to the line on the right edge and managed to freely offload to winger Ropata Doherty to score his first of the afternoon. Campese missed his first conversion of the day, to bring the scores to 40-6.

Yass finally found themselves on the attack again and showed a piece of brilliance to score their second of the afternoon.

Halfback Josh Fattore kicked and chased his own kick where the ball bounced into the arms of Grame. Grame drew the fullback to put Fattore over for a great team try. Davis converted, closing the gap to 40-12 with half an hour of play remaining.

Although, the Blues bounced back almost right away through their slick attack.

Queanbeyan shifted the ball down the right-edge where Campese threw a big harbour bridge pass to Tupou. Tupou drew the remaining defenders and put Eldridge over for his second. The conversion was unsuccessful, forcing the scores to 44-12.

Parsons bagged his fourth of the afternoon to cap off an amazing individual performance. Parsons backed up on the inside of a line break from half Jordan Williams to score under the posts. Campese converted to extend further to 50-12 with under 10 minutes remaining.

Blues front-rower Romann Leota bagged a scrappy but well deserved four pointer off a dummy-half grubber. Campese yet again converted to extend the lead to 56-12.

Atunaisa Tupou capped off the Blues brilliant day-out, scoring a try of his own through some incredible upper-body strength to palm off the Yass defence and plant the ball down. Campese converted to bring up 62 points to 12.

Kai Douven bagged a consolation try right on fulltime. Yass five-eighth Rylee Blackhall placed a perfect cross-field kick for the winger to score an impressive finish on the right touchline. Davis converted from the sideline to bring up the fulltime scores, 62-18 to Queanbeyan.

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