Gayn­dah vic­tory in close clash

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE mi­nor rugby league semi-fi­nal played in Theodore on Satur­day gave Gayn­dah Gladiators a 44-28 vic­tory against the Theodore Roost­ers.

Locked at 28-all at full-time, the match went into ex­tra time to de­cide the win­ner. At the end of the first 10 min­utes, a penalty goal to the Gladiators yielded the only points, and the fi­nal 10 min­utes saw the Gladiators run in three tries.

The match started with Theodore hav­ing ball pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory ad­van­tage, but their game slipped with some loose passes.

How­ever, they gained co­he­sion to score in the 10th minute and crossed soon af­ter to lead 10-nil.

The trend of the game turned as the Gladiators started to fire and posted tries to Jay­bin Pearce and Blake Popp.

The next pe­riod was a see-saw­ing and evenly con­tested af­fair; how­ever, Gayn­dah broke the dead­lock with a grub­ber kick for Jeff Kenny to score.

Theodore equalled the score be­fore the break.

The Roost­ers posted the first points to take the lead 20-16 in the sec­ond half.

Gayn­dah grabbed the lead min­utes later to reach 24-22. With time tick­ing away Theodore scored to lead 28-24, and Gayn­dah re­grouped to notch a try to level 28-28 at full-time.

– Vin­cent Sch­mierer

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