Roos get jump on Eagles in see-sawing affair
EIDSVOLD Eagles and Monto Roos fought a close contest for the Pioneer Shield with a 34-26 win to the Roos.
The visitors brought vocal fans to the Eidsvold grounds and there was plenty to cheer about in the first half.
Both Bryce Ramage and Mick Tye crossed for unconverted tries before the Eagles put their mark on the scoreboard.
Four minutes before half-time, Stanley Bligh crossed to open the Eagles’ account and Dylan Dodd added the extras.
Before the hooter sounded, Roos added another six points thanks to a TonyWilson try which was converted by Shane Carter, making the score 14-6.
Eagles didn’t waste any time in the second half with both Liam Law and Devin Beezley sprinting over for tries.
Bligh’s first conversion was successful and the two touch judges raised their flags to show the second one was too but the referee waved the ball wide.
The announcer asked for clarification but Eidsvold was ahead for the first time.
Converted tries to Monto’s Callum Miller and Eidsvold’s Damian Jenkins meant Eidsvold regained their two-point lead with 20 minutes of play remaining.
When Blake Popp scored, the Roos took the lead again and held it for the remainder of the game.
Another conversion attempt, this time by Carter, was called wide despite the touch judges signalling the ball had gone between the posts.
Law crossed for his second try of the game and Monto’s Luke Harm also scored a try.
It was still anyone’s game with two minutes of play remaining and Monto leading 28-26.
Carter put the decision beyond doubt when he converted his own late try.