Roost­ers fire up to claim win

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT -

THE first A-grade rugby league game played in Mun­dub­bera be­tween the Mun­dub­bera Tigers and the Theodore Roost­ers in 50 years saw the Roost­ers win by two points in the fi­nal minute.

Solid de­fence from both teams kept the game score­less for the first 14 min­utes.

Theodore’s Matt Bee­z­ley put the first points on the board and War­ren Hughes added the ex­tras. Dropped balls frus­trated the Tigers, al­low­ing Theodore to add an­other six points with a con­verted try to Shane Hooper.

Taka Fil­ial crossed for the Tigers just be­fore the half-time siren and teams went to the break with the score 4-12. Mun­dub­bera was the first to add points in the sec­ond half when a try by Le­si­ley Pailate was con­verted by Gage Paul­son.

Min­utes later Fe­vita Mo­niati added to Tigers’ score, putting the home team in the lead for the first time in the match – 14-12.

Theodore Roost­ers ral­lied and replied quickly with two tries, (to Tom Hut­ton and Josh Salt­ner) one of which was con­verted by Hughes.

With the Roost­ers eight points ahead and only 20 min­utes on the clock, Tigers stepped up their at­tack, re­sult­ing in both Pailate and Fil­ial cross­ing for their sec­ond tries of the game.

Fil­ial con­vert­ing his own try and Mun­dub­bera had the lead 24-20.

An un­for­tu­nate er­ror by the Tigers just be­fore full time gave Theodore the op­por­tu­nity to re­gain con­trol and Glen Grills crossed.

With the game tied at 24 all, Hughes con­verted to de­cide the close en­counter in favour of the Theodore Roost­ers.

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