Stingers strug­gle at car­ni­val

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TOWNSVILLE has emerged win­less from the open­ing round of the Cyril Con­nell and Mal Meninga Cups in Ayr.

The Townsville un­der-18 team went down to Cen­tral Comets 16-14 in their first hit-out of the Mal Meninga c o m p e t i t i o n , w h i l e t h e un­der-16 Stingers lost to the Comets 22-10 in the cor­re­spond­ing Cyril Con­nell tour­na­ment.

But four rounds still re­main for Townsville to get back on a solid foot­ing and get in the hunt for some sil­ver­ware.

A sin­gle con­ver­sion was all that sep­a­rated the Stingers a nd t hei r Rock­hamp­tonb a s e d o p p o n e n t s i n t h e un­der-18 ac­tion.

Both teams scored three t ries but i t was Comets kicker An­gus Do­rante with his two from three con­ver­sions who pro­vided the win­ning two-point buf­fer.

Norths Devil s had t he big­gest win of the round in the Mal Meninga Cup, down­ing Red­cliffe Dol­phins 34-4 to claim top spot on the cup ta­ble on points dif­fer­ence.

Trail­ing just two points on for and against is the North­ern Pride fol­low­ing their 34-4 de­feat of the Mackay Cut­ters at Ayr Rugby Park. In the un­der-16 competition, Gold Coast Gold scored a 46-0 thrash­ing of Wests Pan­thers to fin­ish the open­ing round of matches on lead the cup lad­der ahead of the North­ern Pride and Gold Coast Green.

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