The Gundagai Tigers put in a polished performance to down the Wagga Kangaroos 58-6 at McDonalds Park on Sunday.
The Kangaroos had three players sin binned during the game and the Tigers showed little sympathy in a dominant performance thanks to a great display by hooker James Luff who scored a double and kicked 6 goals.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to Vincent Brown’s converted try.
Kangaroos got on the board through halfback Max Burey who sliced straight through to score in the corner. The try was converted by Adam Hall to make it 6-all.
Tigers second rower Brett Eccleston crashed over besides the posts and Luff converted to make it 12-6 after 15 minutes and in the 24th minute Luff brushed off a couple of would be tacklers to score a fine solo try. He converted his own try to make it 18-6.
Back to back drop-outs put the Tigers defence under intense pressure despite holding an 18-6 lead with 10 to go in the first half but they managed to hang on and kept their line intact.
Kangaroos fullback Jake Dealey was sin binned for a professional foul in the 33rd minute and the Tigers made them pay thanks to in- form fullback Dane O’Hehir who scored yet another try in the 36th minute. Luff converted and the Tigers led 24-6.
Kangaroos prop Warren Lloyd was sin binned for repeated high shots in the 40th minute and with two men on the sidelines, the Kangaroos conceded their fifth first half try as Luff grabbed his second of the match right on halftime and converted to make it 30-6.
Tigers five-eighth Tyron Gorman raced away to open the scoring in the second half after just 4 minutes, Luff’s first miss of the day made it 34-6.
Gorman was in the action again after a long break by the Tigers pivot, Phil Latu got into dummy half and forced his way over. Luff converted for 40-6 after 50 minutes.
Both sides settled into a rhythm as the second half wore on.
Yet another Kangaroos player was sin binned following O’Hehir’s second try. Luff was off the field so Willis stepped up but couldn’t add the extras. Tigers led 44-6 with 20 minutes to go.
A Damian Willis try, where he stripped the ball one on one and scored under the posts summed up the Kangaroos day.
After a long period of neither side scoring, Tigers back rower Josh Smith brushed off the Kangaroos defence and scored near the left corner. Luff was back on but missed from out wide and the score remained 54-6.
Damian Willis rounded out the scoring in the 80th minute but Luff missed the conversion and the Tigers ran out comfortable winners.
Tigers captain/coach James Smart sat out much of the game with a leg injury, but it won’t prevent him from playing next week. He was very pleased with his team’s efforts after a testing week at the club.
“It was a special win, we played some good footy and we were able to create a lot of points,” Smart said.
“The last few weeks we’ve had to work really hard for our points and today we put a few tries on. Again defence was a highlight for us and that’s pleasing for me.”
“Our defence comes down to attitude, it’s 17 blokes prepared to turn up and do the work required each week.”
“We all wanted to put in a good performance and all grades did that today.”