Deniliquin's run of three losses ended in the best way possible on Saturday, with a surprise win over the previously undefeated Wagga CSU.SHAUN CONNOR June 17, 2014 3:55am
Deniliquin scored its biggest scalp of the Southern Inland Rugby Union season on Saturday with an industrious 27-26 win over the previously undefeated Wagga CSU.
The home side couldn’t handle the pressure the Drovers were throwing at them and despite a late fightback couldn’t make up the difference from a slow first half.
‘‘It was a really good win. Being undefeated near the top of the ladder they wouldn’t have expected that,’’ Drovers coach Warwick Strong said.
‘‘We really tackled them out of the game and our pressure was first rate.
‘‘There were a couple of errors in the second half that probably let CSU back into the game a bit, but we well and truly deserved the win.
‘‘Our pressure was just brilliant and the scrums and line-outs were very good too.’’
The Drovers scored first through Reed Jackson and then Storm Tamati with captain Nathan Holahan kicking one conversion.
The Reddies hit back with a try of their own but a late penalty to Holahan had Deniliquin leading 15-5 at half-time.
CSU opened the scoring in the second half to get within reach before Tamati landed another try to keep the momentum flowing the Drovers’ way.
Another try and conversion kept the Reddies in with a chance but the score-for-score pattern continued when Jackson broke through halfback for a great try.
Holahan finished with two conversions from four attempts to put the Drovers’ score at 27, while CSU scored in the final minute to reach 26.
Erasmus Bothma received three votes and Storm Tamati got two, while Daniel Veamatahau and late inclusion Les Dicker shared one each.
The Players’ Player accolade went to hooker Andy Brayshaw in his first game back from an ankle injury.
Strong said halfback Shae Tamati played very well in his first game while second-gamer Shawn Barnett was another standout.
‘‘Reed was great in the centres and I thought Dan Hallman put on a lot of pressue and was good all game,’’ Strong said.
‘‘We still have Scott Francis, Hayden Roach and Nathan Transton to come back into the side, so if we keep on winning we are a chance to make finals.
‘‘We know we can match it physically with any side in the competition.’’
The Drovers are home to Albury this Saturday in what is the first time the two sides have played each other since the Drovers lost last year’s grand final.
SIRU second grade ladder: Waratahs 43, CSU 39, Young 32, City 31, Tumut 21, Ag College 20, Deniliquin 20, Griffith 17, Temora 16, Coota 9, Albury 8, Leeton 5.
Despite still suffering a loss, the Deniliquin Drovers’ ladies played their best game of the season on Saturday.
With the Drovers having their biggest turn out yet of 10 players taking the field, the score was the lowest they have kept any opponent too.
Deniliquin’s defence was great with a few line breaks when the girls had the ball and player Stacey O’Meara said there were plenty of positives to take away from the game.
The Players’ Player award was presented to Ruth Landale who was outstanding in defence.
The Drovers take on Albury in this Saturday’s home match, which is anticipated to be another close one.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
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.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
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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