Stags pip top-of-table Tigers in close game

36–32 loss ‘ex­cru­ci­at­ing’ for side­lined Mun­dub­bera cap­tain

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

FOR Mun­dub­bera Tigers cap­tain Neil Reinke, sit­ting on the side­lines for the 36–32 rugby league loss to the Nanango Stags was ex­cru­ci­at­ing.

“Watch­ing from the side­lines was hor­ri­ble,” Reinke said.

“I would have loved to have been out there.”

Reinke hurt his knee in the week ear­lier in a game against Monto.

“I should be back by next week,” he said.

Reinke said sit­ting on the side­lines of­fered him a view of the game he did not nor­mally see.

“The Tigers played well,” he said.

“We’re the top in the North Bur­nett and (Nanango) are (near) the top in the South Bur­nett.

“So it was a re­ally close game to go down by four points.”

Nanango coach Gavin Jones said it was a good game of footy.

“I take my hat off to Mun­dub­bera,” Jones said.

“We came up here with 10 of our best play­ers out through in­jury and work com­mit­ments.

“These boys today, to come up to Mun­dub­bera, I said to them that was our best win of the year, it was a big ef­fort.”

Jones said the game was close the whole way through and was a chal­lenge for both sides.

“We kept kick­ing away, they kept com­ing back,” he said.

“No-one gave up: Both sides played re­ally well.”

Jones thinks Mun­dub­bera has what it takes to win the Cen­tral Bur­nett ti­tle.

“I wish Mun­dub­bera all the best in the fi­nals up here in the Cen­tral Bur­nett,” he said. “I think they’ll do well.” In their last game be­fore the fi­nals, the Mun­dub­bera Tigers will take on the Eidsvold Ea­gles at the Martin Love Oval, Mun­dub­bera, on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

TAK­ING CHARGE: A Nanango player runs at Mun­dub­bera at the Mun­dub­bera v Nanango game.

Nanango play­ers pass the ball.

Nanango kicks off.

Bert Bee­z­ley with the ball.

Mun­dub­bera play­ers off­load the ball.

The Tigers tackle a Stags player.

Mun­dub­bera play­ers pass the ball.

Niko Kapene kicks the ball.

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