Tigers stalk­ing premier­ship

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mun­dub­bera Tigers proved they were con­tenders for the premier­ship with a 54-24 claw­ing of the Biggen­den War­riors at the week­end.

Com­ing off back to back wins, the Tigers’ de­fence was un­stop­pable, even though they were miss­ing a few of their key play­ers.

Life mem­ber for the Mun­dub­bera Tigers Gavin Ford said both teams played well.

“The War­riors have sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved with the in­clu­sion of some PNG sea­sonal work­ers that def­i­nitely lifted the team’s spir­its up,” Ford said.

“For the Tigers, they played well, and it was good to see the team blend­ing to­gether and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other.”

The War­riors coach Steve Jack­son be­lieves they still have some im­prov­ing left to do af­ter a few missed tries and some de­fen­sive er­rors.

“We def­i­nitely im­proved this week but I feel as though we’re now at stage one all over again as we have new play­ers in the team,” Jack­son said.

“We have eight new play­ers in the side and no­body knows each other which makes it a bit hard to

play well. (Hav­ing said that), it wasn’t a bad loss we had.”

Jack­son said they still had time to put them­selves in the run­ning for the premier­ship.

“Def­i­nitely, but we’ve just got to com­mu­ni­cate a bit more and work on our de­fence,” Jack­son said.

“We’re still in for con­tention for the grand fi­nal.

“It’s a huge bonus hav­ing play­ers from the pack­ing shed play in our team as the older play­ers feel a bit worn out, so the younger play­ers give us a lift.”

In Eidsvold, the Ea­gles will be host­ing Biggen­den War­riors on Satur­day af­ter­noon with kick off start­ing at 5pm.

In Gayn­dah, the Gla­di­a­tors will be play­ing Mun­dub­bera Tigers with the game start­ing at 5pm.

Spec­ta­tors are more than wel­come to at­tend.

GAME TIME: The Tigers and War­riors be­fore the game started at Archer Park. PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

Tigers make it an­other try against the War­riors.

The Tigers ready for the match to be­gin with kick off from the War­riors.

The War­riors en­sured a tough de­fence line was in place.

The War­riors un­der pres­sure dur­ing an in­tense game of rugby league.

The Tigers bat­tled their way through the War­riors.

The War­riors af­ter an­other try passes through the goal line.

A War­riors player is taken to ground by the tigers.

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