Tigers maul Ea­gles in league clash

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: A fierce and com­pet­i­tive game of rugby league was held at the week­end with the Mun­dub­bera Tigers 86 de­feat­ing the Eidsvold Ea­gles 16.

De­spite the big score line that was lost to­wards the 50 minute mark, the Ea­gles were left scram­bling af­ter four play­ers did not show up.

Eidsvold Ea­gles coach Dar­ryl Blucher said his team played with a lot of heart.

“We played well tonight, the boys put in 110% and with some play­ers not show­ing up, it made it a lot harder,” Blucher said.

“We’ll get there, we just need ev­ery­one to show up, I’m very dis­ap­pointed some of the team didn’t make it to Mun­dub­bera for the game.

“The play­ers all said they would show up and didn’t let me know, so it’s quite dis­ap­point­ing, we need them each week oth­er­wise we’ll have more of this score­line.”

De­spite nu­mer­ous phone calls made to the play­ers, there was no re­sponse.

“We went down to about 12 play­ers and we tried giv­ing them a ring but no one an­swered so def­i­nitely not a good way to end the week. We’ll keep work­ing on it,” Blucher said.

“This week we’ll be work­ing on tack­ling and de­fence, lots of de­fence work is needed, ball hand skills are good, just de­fence.”

Mun­dub­bera coach Neil Reinke said his team played well but some ar­eas needed to be worked on.

“So we fo­cused more on the de­fen­sive line, so on ball han­dling we pushed that, it seems to have come off pretty well,” Reinke said.

“The sec­ond half was def­i­nitely the dom­i­nat­ing half, it’s where ev­ery­thing kicked in and the play­ers did re­ally well.

“Eidsvold played a pretty fast game, they’re su­per quick and they got off their de­fen­sive line in­stantly and straight onto the play­ers which is good for their side.

“We’ll work more on our kick­ing game to make it A-plus and by next week we should be right.”

This week­end it’s a dou­ble header in Gayn­dah.

❝ We played well tonight. The boys put in 110%. — Dar­ryl Blucher

BIG PUSH: Tigers try­ing to run the ball at the week­end. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

An Ea­gles player strug­gles to es­cape from the Tigers.

A con­ver­sion from the Ea­gles en­sures a tight con­test.

An Eidsvold Ea­gles player is tack­led.

The Ea­gles bring­ing the game out past the 40-me­tre mark.

The Tigers af­ter de­feat­ing the Ea­gles 86-16 at the week­end.

The Tigers gained great field con­trol.

The game at the week­end pro­duced some tough plays.

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