With two minutes left on the clock a penalty try ultimately handed Young a 7-5 win against the Drovers on Saturday.SHAUN CONNOR July 1, 2014 3:55am
Missed opportunities and a controversial penalty try cost Deniliquin its third Southern Inland Rugby Union win in a row on Saturday.
In what was a hard slog in wet and muddy conditions, the travelling Drovers were defeated by Young, 7-5, despite the Yabbies failing to get over the try line.
Deniliquin dominated the play and was leading 5-0 with two minutes on the clock when the referee awarded Young a penalty try ‘‘out of the blue’’.
‘‘We were defending and got penalised for being off-side, and Young were awarded a penalty try without warning,’’ Drovers coach Warwick Strong said.
‘‘A penalty try isn’t normally awarded unless the referee is 100 per cent sure the team was going to score so it was a very disappointing result.
‘‘I think the score should have been 5-0 because they never got over our line.
‘‘The Young blokes were very good about it after the game and basically said we (the Drovers) are the benchmark of the competition.’’
As with all penalty tries, the conversion kick was taken straight in front of goal, handing the Yabbies the win.
The first try of the game came about 30 minutes in when Dan Hallman charged a kick and Andy Brayshaw cleaned up the ball and took it over the line.
The muddy surface of Young’s Cranfield Oval made the Drovers’ conversion kick almost impossible to make and they were also left ruing a missed penalty kick later in the match.
Hayden Roach and Shawn Barnett starred in the second row for the Drovers, receiving three and two votes respectively, while Storm Tamati got one vote as prop.
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The SIRU will now split in two for the remaining five home-and-away games with Deniliquin at home to Wagga City on Saturday.
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