Cut­ters make a late charge

Isis Town and Country - - News -

IN­JURIES hap­pen in rugby league, it’s just the na­ture of the game – but when four play­ers from the one team suf­fer corked knees in one match, it’s a lit­tle hard to han­dle.

Bur­nett Heads lost four of its start­ing 13, in­clud­ing co-cap­tain Andy Filo, in the game against Miriam Vale at South Kolan and with one re­serve for the sec­ond half the Cut­ters went down 30-20.

But you won’t hear the new­est club com­plain­ing about the in­jury toll or the fact it has to win more than it loses for the rest of the North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League sea­son.

Trail­ing 30-6 against one of the top teams in the com­pe­ti­tion, the Cut­ters could have given up and suf­fered a mas­sive loss but af­ter the break there was plenty of spirit shown.

Ty­rone Gil­divich was shifted from hooker to half­back and for­mer Waves Tigers star Barry Kalepo moved to five-eighth and Bur­nett Heads found some rhythm.

Just as Miriam Vale thought it was go­ing to charge fur­ther ahead, Bur­nett Heads charged home to re­duce the mar­gin in one of the best per­for­mances of its sea­son.

Club spokesman Brian Groves looked on in hor­ror as player af­ter player hob­bled off the field but his mood changed when the come­back started.

Bur­nett Heads play Gin Gin and Agnes Wa­ter twice and Miriam Vale once more in the last half of the sea­son and the equa­tion is sim­ple.

The Cut­ters have to win at least four of those five games to have a chance of a spot in the top four.

In other games, Avon­dale belted Agnes Wa­ter 64-12 to keep the South Kolan play­ers look­ing over their shoul­ders. It was a dom­i­nant win by Avon­dale and they showed there was a chal­lenge mount­ing to the dom­i­nance South Kolan had shown this year.

South Kolan beat Gin Gin 54-18 and with a few cracks ap­pear­ing in the de­fence, this week’s op­po­nent, Avon­dale, will look for­ward to the con­test.

Miriam Vale hosts this week’s game and Avon­dale takes on South Kolan in a game that prom­ises to be en­ter­tain­ing when two for­ward packs filled with skil­ful play­ers clash.

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