An undermanned Canowindra Tigers outfit has pulled off a coup in the Woodbridge Cup on the weekend, holding on to secure a 14-point victory against arch-rivals the Cargo Blue Heelers.
With several late withdrawals due to availability and work commitments, the odds were stacked against coach Dan Barclay and his players before opening kick-off, despite the otherwise pleasant conditions at Tom Clyburn Oval.
Nevertheless, the home side came out firing, scoring 16 points to nil in the first half to make life very difficult for the Blue Heelers.
While the intensity of the contest lifted in the second half, with the Heelers getting through to score on two occasions, the Tigers defended strongly while continuing to add to their own scoreline, with the final score 22-8.
The intensity of the affair was imminent from the field, with Sia Nemani copping a bloodied nose in the first half, while on the sidelines, the crowd were quick to offer their feedback to the referee during the second half.
The Tigers will now turn their attention to an away fixture against the Molong Bulls on Sunday afternoon, while Cargo will host the Grenfell Goannas.
- CANOWINDRA TIGERS 22 def CARGO BLUE HEELERS 8
- 3: Semisi Tupou
- 2: Andrew Kelleher (Also: Players' Player)
- 1: Lindsay Thurgate, Blake Willson & Niko Folaiki
Tough day for the Tigers in League Tag
While the men's team won against the odds, the Tiger's women's League Tag team had less luck in their 38-4 loss to Cargo.
The Tigers struggled to compete with the Cargo side, who are on top of the ladder after five rounds, and are set for another strong year after winning a Woodbridge Cup premiership in 2018.
The Tigers' Prue Willson was voted best on ground as well as players' player for her efforts in the loss.
- CARGO BLUE HEELERS 38 def CANOWINDRA TIGERS 4
- 3 : Prue Willson (Player's Player)
- 2 : Samantha Hartwell
- 1 : Paige Selten & Hayley White