Tigers look sharp in first hit out

Agnes Clyburn's grandsons Mick, Callum, Jordon and James Clyburn with their brother-in-law Seth Tamihana. All are signings for this season's Woodbridge Cup who played in Saturday's trial match.

Agnes Clyburn's grandsons Mick, Callum, Jordon and James Clyburn with their brother-in-law Seth Tamihana. All are signings for this season's Woodbridge Cup who played in Saturday's trial match.

The Canowindra Tigers has showed plenty of promise in its trial match against Boomanulla at Tom Clyburn Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Tigers secured a hard fought 28-6 win, taking advantage of their tiring opponents during the final 20 minutes.

At the hour mark the match was evenly poised with the Tigers holding a 6-0 lead, but the hosts piled on 22 points to 6 in the game’s final quarter.

While admitting there was signs of the game being Canowindra’s first for the year, coach Barry Traves was pleased with the performance.

“It was an impressive trial and everything looks good for the season,” Barry Traves said.

Canowindra eventually controlled the game, working together in defence, kicking strategically and then excelled when combining in attack, Traves said.

New signings for 2017 Callum Clyburn, Jordan Clyburn and Quaid Teraangi were some of the side’s stand outs on the day.

Boomanulla competes in the second division Canberra competition and includes players from Braidwood and Gunning.

Meanwhile, both league tag and youth league played trial matches as well.

League tag was unfortunately outclassed by a Boomanulla side that had a lot of ex-top football players.

Youth league had an encouraging 16-14 victory, as they prepare to reenter their respective Woodbridge Cup competition.

Max Wensley, Brenton Clements, Sam Willson and Nathan Whatman all showed form in the preseason win. The Tigers next hit out is at the Eugowra 10s on March 25.

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