Tigers roar in Ea­gles clash

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

EIDSVOLD Ea­gles rugby league team was out­classed by a much heav­ier, stronger Mun­dub­bera Tigers out­fit.

But the young guns in Eidsvold will learn a lot from the week­end’s clash and will be back with a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude next time they run on the field.

Mun­dub­bera ran out win­ners 48–16 af­ter lead­ing the Ea­gles 16–10 at half-time.

The Tigers were dom­i­nant in the sec­ond half af­ter they set­tled down to the first com­pe­ti­tion game for the sea­son.

They still have many of the com­bi­na­tions that car­ried them through to be last sea­son’s premiers.

Be­fore the game, Tigers coach Bert Bee­z­ley told his team to play no-frills foot­ball and just play it straight up the mid­dle and then feed the backs.

At half-time his tone had changed to one of de­mand.

“I don’t want any­one get­ting in the way of the ball go­ing out to the backs,” Bee­z­ley said.

“If any­one gets in the way they will be play­ing the rest of the game on the bench.”

Eidsvold were the first to score in the first half and the speed of the young Ea­gles looked for a while like they were go­ing to take it to the Tigers.

Eidsvold coach Steve Collins said af­ter­wards he was happy with the boys’ first game.

“They will be al­right when they get go­ing, most of th­ese boys haven’t played first grade be­fore, they will learn.”

Semisi Holani is taken down in a good tackle by Lind­sey Collins.

Eidsvold’s Lind­say Collins and Tigers’ Bren­don Au­gus­tine come to­gether in a solid tackle to start the sea­son.

Bren­don Au­gus­tine runs out from his line again af­ter a failed attack from Eidsvold.

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

SEA­SON STARTER: Neil Reinke takes the ball up again as the Eidsvold play­ers fall off the tackle.

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