Reserves grind out another victory

Tarron Makeham

Gundagai reserves’ golden run in 2016 continued following a hard-fought 20-0 triumph over the Junee Diesels at Laurie Daley Oval on Sunday.

In adverse weather that made point scoring difficult, the Tigers continued their unbeaten season, dominating for much of the match and holding their line intact despite the slippery conditions.

Both sides were playing their first match in a fortnight after the general bye and the enforced break and the wet weather made for a low scoring opening 20 minutes with just the one try separating both sides.

The Tigers opened the scoring in the 16th minute when replacement forward Scott Smart crossed besides the posts, converted by Dylan Cole.

The Tigers showed their class to set up their second try when five eighth Mark Eccleston grubbered out wide for try-scoring machine Ben Armour to touch down. Cole couldn’t add the extras and the Tigers led 10-0.

Junee mounted a spirited assault on the Tiger’s seemingly impenetrable defence late in the half, but, like they have done all season, the Tigers line held firm and they went into the sheds with a 10-0 lead.

The rain had settled in and both sides were doing their best in the muddy conditions but a crucial try to halfback Tarron Makeham late in the match put the match beyond doubt.

Despite Cole’s missed conversion the Tigers found themselves fourteen points clear and well on their way to victory.

Cole scored in the dying stages to confirm a tough victory for his side who are proving to be impossible to run down, and head into next week’s clash with Tumbarumba with plenty of confidence after yet another impressive performance.

Tigers coach Mark Eccleston was a happy man in the sheds after his side put in another great display to remain on top of the ladder.

“It was a good win, they always are in those conditions, I thought our shape was very good out there today, although our execution let us down a little in the wet, but Junee were a very good team I thought, so I was very happy with our performance.”

“The week off didn’t worry us, we didn’t really think about it out there, but it’s good to come off a break with a good win.”

“He’s good for a try, Dylan, he’s a prolific point scorer, and he’s been up the top of the point scoring list in reserve grade for the last few years and he’s a very handy asset to have in the team.”

“There’s always room for improvement and I guess our execution was a little off today, a few errors in our game, but the bad weather caused that a bit as well but overall I thought it was a very good performance.”

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