Flight­less Ea­gles de­feated

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Biggen­den War­riors player Damien Ge­orge was named man of the match as the Eidsvold Ea­gles con­tin­ued their los­ing streak in a 42-28 de­feat at the week­end.

It was some reck­less penal­ties and de­fen­sive er­rors that al­lowed War­riors back into the sec­ond half as the Ea­gles were left flight­less.

Biggen­den War­riors coach Steve Jack­son said his team could have played bet­ter but were start­ing to play co­he­sively.

“I reckon this game is an im­prove­ment but there’s still quite a lot that needs to be done,” Jack­son said.

“We’re not cap­i­tal­is­ing on the penal­ties that we’re given, but we’re man­ag­ing to talk a bit more as a team.

“Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a huge thing in any game and due to new play­ers in the past few weeks, we need to learn how to be a team again.”

Jack­son ad­mits it hasn’t been an easy ride this sea­son but his play­ers are “show­ing vast im­prove­ment”.

Eidsvold Ea­gles coach Darryl Blucher said his team played with all their might and should be proud of the way they con­ducted

them­selves.

“It was a great match, a re­ally good match,” Blucher said.

“We’ve got a few new play­ers in the team which is help­ing us a lot.”

The Ea­gles gave away a lot of penal­ties which helped the War­riors gain mileage.

“We’ll just have to work on them, it’s just some­thing as a team we’ll have to man­age and find ways to avoid get­ting penalised,” Blucher said.

The game was al­most go­ing to be can­celled due to lack of play­ers for the Ea­gles team but in a mad dash they found some will­ing play­ers to take the field.

Blucher said his team will be work­ing on a few things dur­ing train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the fi­nals.

“We’ll be work­ing on ball con­trol, de­fence and mov­ing up with the for­wards,” Blucher said.

PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

FIGHT­ING HARD: Benji Lo­hia with the num­ber 14 jer­sey pass­ing the ball to his team mates.

Ea­gles player makes it through the War­riors’ de­fence.

War­riors back­ing each other up against the slip­pery Ea­gles.

The War­riors tack­led again by a strong Ea­gles de­fence.

Biggen­den num­ber 5 Zach Kemo tak­ing down an Ea­gles player at the week­end.

Ea­gles tack­ling War­riors at the week­end.

Ea­gles player Rob Burke en­ter­ing the field against the War­riors at the week­end.

An Ea­gles player makes it to the try line to put the score on the board.

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