Cit­rus Cup goes home with Tigers

Mun­dub­bera beats Gla­di­a­tors

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Mun­dub­bera Tigers smashed the Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors and claimed the Cit­rus Cup in Mun­dub­bera on Satur­day, in the most im­por­tant game of the sea­son for the teams.

The Gla­di­a­tors started the game strong, scor­ing the first try of the game and lead­ing at half-time 6–4.

Mun­dub­bera came out fight­ing in the sec­ond half and man­aged to win 26–6.

Tigers coach Hugh Tully said he was happy with his team’s per­for­mance.

“We got off to a slow start in the first half, there were far too many penal­ties, the in­ten­sity wasn’t there and de­fen­sively we weren’t mov­ing in the line well enough,” Tully said.

“At half-time we had a bit of chat and then they played like they should have been play­ing the whole game re­ally.

“We were miss­ing a few of our big guns, though every­one else stepped up and played well.”

Gla­di­a­tors coach Steve Lit­tle­field he was im­pressed with how his team per­formed.

“It was a tough match, it was very com­pet­i­tive, which is good for the boys and is go­ing to give them a big boost,” Lit­tle­field said.

“At the end of the game I’ve got to give all at­tributes to Mun­dub­bera, they dug in the sec­ond half and a few bad calls went our way.

“We went there to win, the guys put in a solid ef­fort for 40 min­utes.

“I was even im­pressed with the sec­ond half, it could have blown out, but they stuck in there.”

Mr Lit­tle­field said he a lot of re­spect for how Gla­di­a­tor’s Scotty Grif­fith and Mal­colm Lam­bell played.

“They both tried their hard­est the whole 80 min­utes,” he said.

PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

HIGH STAKES: Luke Berthelsen is tack­led by Gayn­dah at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

The two teams hud­dle in for a scrum at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

The two teams line up for the na­tional an­them be­fore the game at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

A Gayn­dah player is tack­led at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

Mitch Thor­burn with the ball at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

Luke Berthelsen and Na­then Bee­z­ley tackle a Gayn­dah player.

The two teams line up at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

A Gla­di­a­tors player with the ball at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

Mun­dub­bera pre­pare for the kick off at the State of Oranges game on Satur­day.

Mun­dub­bera coach Hugh Tully yells at his team from the side­lines.

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