Tigers’ lower grades look to bounce back

Gundagai winger, Vaughn Scott, will be looking to lead the Tigers reserve grade team to a win over Temora at Anzac Park on Sunday.

It doesn’t happen all that often but on Sunday when Gundagai host Temora in round nine of the Group 9 competition at Anzac Park, three Tigers teams will enter the weekend without winning form.

Against Albury in round eight, first grade drew 26-all, while reserve-grade and league tag were both beaten. 

The Tigers league tag girls have been playing good rugby league without winning in recent weeks, and they are due for some luck. 

An understrength Gundagai outfit fell to Southcity 18-12 in round seven before losing to a strong Albury side 24-10 in round eight. 

Temora will prove a tough task, but the Tigers girls, led by coach Jack Elphick, will know they are capable of performing against the second-placed Dragons. 

Gundagai’s reserve-grade side has capitulated in recent weeks. 

They failed to capitalise on multiple chances against Southcity in round seven before going down 12-10 and they gave up a 22-6 lead with 15 minutes to go before eventually losing 24-22 to Albury in round eight. 

Despite back-to-back losses, the Tigers are still in second place on the Burmeister Shield ladder and they meet a seventh-placed Temora side that will have their tails up after the Dragons trounced Southcity 26-6 in round eight. 

Mark Elphick will be hoping his side can find their best form and get back into the winner’s circle. 

The match of the day could arrive in the Weissel Cup contest, with the top of the table and unbeaten Gundagai taking on the third place and improving Temora outfit. 

The Tigers fired in round seven when dismantling the Southcity Bulls 34-4 before enjoying a week off in round eight with the bye. 

Paul Jones’ team hasn’t played for two weeks though, which could prove to be a problem when facing a Dragons side that has won back-to-back games when beating Young 14-6 in round seven and Southcity 28-14 in round eight. 

These are the games Gundagai need to win if they are to win the premiership in 2022, and only time will tell if the young Tigers fire on their home turf. 

Action at Anzac Park kicks off at 11am. 

Kick-off times

11am: Weissel Cup

12.10pm: League tag

1.25pm: Burmeister Shield 

2.35pm: First grade

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