War­riors thrash­ing

Ea­gles con­tinue their los­ing streak against fierce ri­vals

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

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Biggen­den War­riors thrashed the Eidsvold Ea­gles in a 76-10 de­feat on their home turf at the week­end.

With star play­ers such as Damien Ge­orge lead­ing the way, the War­riors left the visi­tors score­less for much of the game, pack­ing on back-to-back tries.

The Ea­gles have faced a trou­bled sea­son of rugby league, not man­ag­ing to place many points on the op­po­si­tion and fac­ing straight losses.

Biggen­den War­riors coach Steve Jack­son praised his team’s per­for­mance and said it was dif­fi­cult to find fault.

“They started to play as a team, which was great, our halves com­bined re­ally well and our for­wards ran hard, which was good to see,” Jack­son said.

“They have mo­ments and that was by far the best game they have played all sea­son.

“Nat­u­rally in ev­ery game you have star play­ers who lift the team and just help out where pos­si­ble and our young sec­ond rower Steiner ran hard all night.”

Jack­son said at times he had strug­gled to find the right mix of play­ers within the War­riors side but the win at the week­end placed the team in a good po­si­tion to take on the Gla­di­a­tors this week­end.

“I’m not think­ing too far in front at this mo­ment, I just want to think of this week­end as we’re play­ing Gayn­dah,” Jack­son said.

“I think we’ll just be work­ing on our de­fence and at­tack­ing and to just con­tinue to keep im­prov­ing.

“As any coach will tell you, there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment.”

The high­light for Jack­son this sea­son has been the ju­nior play­ers ris­ing up through the ranks.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed coach­ing the young kids – see­ing your half­back suc­ceed and im­prov­ing and your team im­prov­ing is al­ways a great thing,” he said.

Jack­son said he felt for the strug­gling Ea­gles.

“The Ea­gles have been fight­ing cold all year, but ev­ery team goes through that stage,” he said.

The Ea­gles also had some tim­ing is­sues at the week­end, ar­riv­ing 45 min­utes late to the match.

The Biggen­den War­riors have a chance to make it to the fi­nals if they suc­ceed against the Gla­di­a­tors this week­end, which will be no easy task as the Gayn­dah side faced its first de­feat for the sea­son at the In­trust Su­per Cup cur­tain-raiser on Sun­day.

There’s only one more week left of rugby league games un­til the semi-fi­nal kicks off on Au­gust 5.

❝ They started to play as a team, our halves com­bined re­ally well and our for­wards ran hard. — Steve Jack­son

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

CLASH OF CLANS: War­riors Lyn­don Ge­orge and Damien Ge­orge take down an Eidsvold player ear­lier this sea­son.

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