Tigers bite off a big win over Ea­gles

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing loss against the Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors last week, the Mun­dub­bera Tigers bounced back with a 36-16 win against the Eidsvold Ea­gles.

De­spite the penalty count not favour­ing the Ea­gles, it was poor hand-overs and high tack­les that al­lowed the Tigers back into the game, with their cap­tain not­ing it wasn’t their strong­est per­for­mance.

Tigers Cap­tain Dan Au­gus­tine said de­spite the win at the week­end, there was lots of room for im­prove­ment.

“We could’ve played bet­ter,” Au­gus­tine said.

“It doesn’t re­ally feel like a win com­ing off the Gla­di­a­tors de­feat but I’m hop­ing next week we can play a whole lot bet­ter.”

The team will be back into train­ing with a lot of work go­ing into ball con­trol, tack­ling and de­fence.

“We’ve re­ally got to im­prove on the team cul­ture at the club and get­ting them back on track as the team pre­miers,” Au­gus­tine said.

“We slightly improved but you can’t re­ally say how much as it was still a scruffy per­for­mance, they got a win but we need more than that

if we want to win the pre­mier­ship this year.

“There’s al­ways plenty of im­prov­ing to go if we want to win it.

“Tack­ling and fit­ness is what we will be work­ing on at train­ing this week.”

Eidsvold Ea­gles coach Dar­ryl Blucher said he was dis­ap­pointed with the penalty count against his team.

“We felt pretty dis­heart­ened to be hon­est, I don’t think the play­ers de­served some of the calls but you can’t do much about it,” Blucher said.

“In fair­ness I think our play­ers han­dled them­selves well and their de­fence was good.”

The Ea­gles have a bye this week­end and will be work­ing on ball han­dling.

“We’ll get back into train­ing and work­ing on ball skills,” Blucher said.

TIGERS: Ju­nior Puleiku, By­ron Lee, Toil N Leapoto, Hei Faaoa Hei at the rugby league. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

A Tigers player goes down at the week­end.

Tigers proved a strong team against the Ea­gles at the week­end.

Ju­nior Puleiku about to score a try against the Ea­gles.

Tigers main­tained good de­fence at the week­end against the Ea­gles.

An Ea­gles player try­ing to break into the Tigers de­fence.

One of the Ea­gles player try­ing to score a try at the week­end.

The Tigers gather at half time af­ter lead­ing the Ea­gles at the week­end.

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