After a tough fight against the Tri-Colours on Saturday, the Deniliquin Drovers were happy to come home with a draw.August 6, 2014 3:00am
Relief is what Deniliquin Drovers coach Warwick Strong felt when his side scored in the dying stages to draw with Cootamundra on Saturday in Southern Inland Rugby Union.
Although not an ideal result, the visiting Drovers weren’t ‘‘on their game’’ and taking home three premiership points (one for scoring three tries and two for the draw) rather than one was enough to satisfy the veteran coach.
The Drovers were down 17-12 at half-time and fought back to eventually level the scores, 24-24, with colossal number-eight Scott Francis touching down a late try and Shannon Poka kicking the conversion.
‘‘We started off really well to score the first try, but we just let them get back into the game,’’ Strong said.
‘‘We were missing a few blokes, which is no excuse, and we let them score a couple of easy tries.
‘‘In the end a draw was a good outcome.’’
The Tri-Colours responded to Deniliquin’s strong start with a try of their own and the score see-sawed for much of the first half.
The Drovers shot out of the blocks in the second half to even things up at 17 apiece, but Cootamundra was again able to hit back.
Francis scored the last try of the match with two minutes on the clock.
Other scorers were Les Dicker, Dan Hallman and Shae Tamati.
Francis shared one vote with front-rower Erasmus Bothma, while star second-rower Dicker received two and five-eighth Nathan Holahan got three.
Shae Tamati was awarded the Players’ Player mug for the second week in a row.
The Drovers host Leeton in the final home-and-away game of the season this Saturday.
The facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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