Tigers over­come the odds

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

RUGBY LEAGUE: Mun­dub­bera Tigers pres­i­dent Cameron MacDon­ald was left dis­ap­pointed when his club was faced with an un­ex­pected dou­ble header in Eidsvold on the week­end.

“It was quite dis­ap­point­ing that our home game was taken away from us due to is­sues out of our con­trol and it means we lose a home game plus prof­its from the can­teen,” MacDon­ald said.

The reshuf­fle hap­pened due to last minute changes.

“As a club we have an obli­ga­tion to let peo­ple know well in ad­vance of venue changes so for us to find out two days be­fore doesn’t give us much time to get pre­pared and no­tify the pub­lic,” he said.

Not only that, the Tigers were down to 14 play­ers as some couldn’t find a way to the venue.

The rea­son for the venue change came down to the grass be­ing cut too low by the groundskeeper.

In spite of the up­heaval, the Mun­dub­bera Tigers tri­umphed against the Biggen­den War­riors 50–18 in what MacDon­ald de­scribed as a “gusty win”.

“We were re­ally happy with our game con­sid­er­ing we only had 14 play­ers in Eidsvold,” MacDon­ald said.

“We gave away a lot of penal­ties to the War­riors with the 50–50 calls not go­ing our way but we man­aged to pull it off in the end.

“It was one of our gut­si­est wins for the sea­son.”

The team is now look­ing to­wards play­ing the Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors at the In­trust Su­per Cup on Sun­day.

“I think we’re go­ing to have our stronger side this week­end which is good news,” MacDon­ald said.

“It’s just a mat­ter of the boys show­ing up to train­ing but we’re all pumped and ex­cited to be play­ing at the In­trust Su­per Cup, it’s go­ing to be a good day.”

Biggen­den War­riors coach Steve Jack­son said his play­ers played “a bit be­low par”.

“The day re­ally threw us off as some play­ers couldn’t get here and we had play­ers out due to in­jury,” Jack­son said.

“It was prob­a­bly one of the worst games we’ve had in the last cou­ple of weeks, not many play­ers are talk­ing to each other and they seem to play a dif­fer­ent game to ev­ery­one else.

“If we played in Mun­dub­bera we would have played later which meant more play­ers could have showed up.”

The War­riors take on Eidsvold this week­end.

PHOTOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

CLASH: Tigers cap­tain Cameron MacDon­ald and Neil Reinke en­sure the War­riors can­not gain me­tres.

Cameron MacDon­ald quickly moves out of the way.

Tigers player Junior scores a try against the War­riors.

Mitchell Thor­burn on his way for a try.

The Tigers de­fence was un­stop­pable.

Neil Reinke goes in for the tackle.

Tigers de­fence was im­pres­sive at the week­end.

The Tigers team tackle a War­riors player.

War­riors and Tigers fight for the ball.

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