Gayn­dah de­fence is on fire

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors have se­cured supremacy over the Mun­dub­bera Tigers after de­feat­ing them for the third time this sea­son.

The Glad­i­a­tors man­aged to score 26 unan­swered points in the first half be­fore the Tigers showed ex­tra grit in de­fence, hold­ing out Gayn­dah on their own line for 21 min­utes be­fore the Glad­i­a­tors were able to cross.

Gayn­dah player Jamie Kirk said the Tigers stepped up their de­fence in the sec­ond half, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for them to score.

“They did play well later in the game,” Kirk said.

Kirk suf­fered a shoul­der in­jury dur­ing pre-sea­son but was still able to play in seven games so far this sea­son.

“The shoul­der is hold­ing up pretty well,” Kirk said.

“The cold isn’t re­ally hurt­ing it too much.”

The Glad­i­a­tors de­feated the Tigers 36-6, with the Tigers man­ag­ing to score late in the sec­ond half be­fore los­ing two play­ers. One was sin-binned while an­other was sent off just min­utes later.

Kirk said the feel­ing in the chang­ing room after the game was one of high spir­its.

“The boys are feel­ing pretty good,” Kirk said.

Blake Augustine con­tin­ued to pile on the points in his first sea­son for the Glad­i­a­tors, scor­ing a try and slot­ting three con­ver­sions.

The Glad­i­a­tor de­fence was a stand­out in the game, with two-man tack­les stop­ping many of the Tigers’ hit-ups in their tracks and coach Rob Lins­kett cit­ing de­fence as key to the Gayn­dah game.

“Good de­fence is what wins games,” Lins­kett said.

Kirk said the Glad­i­a­tors re­mained un­de­feated in the 2017 sea­son and looked to con­tinue their run of top form.

“It was a good win tonight and hope­fully we’ll keep the streak go­ing,” the Gayn­dah player said.

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Tom Jame­son ready for the kick-off.

Blake Augustine con­tin­ues to pile on the points for Gayn­dah.

Blake Augustine scores a try for Gayn­dah.

Matt Dent hit­ting up the ball for Gayn­dah.

Gayn­dah play­maker Mitch Ballin helps steer the Glad­i­a­tors to an­other win.

Blake Augustine tak­ing on the Tiger de­fence.

The evening game drew a nice crowd of supporters.

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