Shae Tamati tore up Memorial Park on Saturday as the Drovers defeated Young by seven points.SHAUN CONNOR July 21, 2014 4:10pm
There was no stopping Shae Tamati on Saturday.
The Drovers’ mid-season recruit cut loose at Memorial Park, scoring the opening and closing tries of the game to lead Deniliquin to a 19-12 win over Young.
But it was his second try that had everyone singing his praises, with scores locked on 12 apiece with just one minute to go.
The grinding victory was Deniliquin’s third in a row and sees it inch closer to top spot on the Romano’s Cup second grade ladder, which is currently occupied by Young.
‘‘It was a very even game,’’ Drovers coach Warwick Strong said.
‘‘Young are a good side and they really came to play. It was a good game right to the end.
‘‘We knew we had to score in the dying stages to keep in the hunt for the semi-finals and we managed to get there, which was fantastic.’’
With Young having beaten the Drovers 7-5 in controversial circumstances just four weeks prior, the home team didn’t waste any time in exacting revenge.
Tamati opened the Drovers’ account midway through the first term, diving over the line under heavy scrutiny from three Yabbies.
Shannon Poka converted to make the score 7-0 before Young registered a try of its own to be trailing by two points at half-time.
Deniliquin’s lead was extended when Nathan Holahan landed a try but the Yabbies soon levelled the scores with a try and a conversion, making for an exciting finish.
And of course it was Tamati who came to the fore, scoring his second try and Poka nailing the conversion.
Tamati’s efforts saw him bestowed with the Players’ Player mug and receive three votes as best player afield.
Veteran prop Nathan Transton collected two votes and Reed Jackson and Scott Franis got one each.
The Drovers have a bye this weekend.
Romano’s Cup second grade ladder: Young 46, City 42, Deniliquin 40, Temora 26, Cootamundra 22, Leeton 7.
The Drovers’ women’s side played its best game for the season on Saturday, going down to Albury 31-17.
It was the first time the local ladies had registered a score and the honours went to rapidly improving first-year player Emma Heine.
In the end Heine finished with two tries, while Elanie Bothma scored one and Stacey O’Meara kicked a conversion.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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