Stags take down Mur­gon in thriller

Pow­er­ful fin­ish from Stags puts their sea­son back on track

South Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THE STAGS’ sea­son is back on track af­ter a tough win against the Mus­tangs.

The Satur­day night clash was a con­tender for game of the sea­son with both teams run­ning on empty at the end of the game.

Nanango Coach Lionel McDon­ald spent the sec­ond half stand­ing bolt up­right next to his ner­vous sub­sti­tute play­ers, un­able to sit on the bench as they watched the match play out.

“The boys got out there and they re­ally stuck it in,” he said af­ter the game.

“They are a great side, Mur­gon.”

McDon­ald said the vic­tory was twice as sweet af­ter the Stags’ re­cent form had seen more losses than wins.

“It’s good to get a win, it’s been a while,” he said.

The score­board strug­gled to keep up with the fran­tic speed of the game as tries were traded back and forth like jabs in a prize fight.

The teams shared the same score on four oc­ca­sions through­out the match.

At­tack­ing play by the Mus­tangs that ended with a try would be swiftly coun­tered by Nanango as they scored a try of their own.

When Mur­gon star Daniel Ge­orge­town crossed the line to lock the scores at 34-all, it looked like Mur­gon’s home ground ad­van­tage could give them the up­per hand.

But Nanango were up for the chal­lenge and stormed home with 18 unanswered points in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Stags pres­i­dent Alan Robin­son said it was a win the boys would savour.

“To be in that dress­ing room at the end of the game, that was clas­sic,” he said.

“And some­one got the words wrong (to the team song) so they had to sing it again.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

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