The Canowindra Tigers returned to the winners' list this week as both teams scored victories against the Condobolin Rams, with the League Tag side securing a nail-biting victory against a fast finishing Rams outfit on Sunday at Tom Clyburn Oval.
Captain-Coach Alicia Earsman came through with a deciding try in the game's final moments, with Hayley White putting through the subsequent goal to lock in a 22-16 win for the Tigers, a big relief for the team after coming narrowly close against the Grenfell Goannas the week before.
The try occurred after a see-sawing second half, with both teams taking turns at holding the lead; Condobolin were particularly adept at breaking through Canowindra's line at several points as the excitement of the match continued to build.
Nevertheless, some excellent field kicking and runs from Tigers helped get the game back on their terms late, with the home team unlucky not to have scored more during the match's final minutes.
Earsman got voted best-on-ground with three votes for her performance, while Monique Jenart got recognised for her game with two votes.
Eryn Coles, Hayley White and Jessica Perry each collected a single vote for their efforts, with Perry also getting acknowledged as Player's Player.
- CANOWINDRA TIGERS 22 (Tries: Zoe Brownett, Alicia Earsman, Hayley White, Monique Jenart. Goals: Hayley White 3) def CONDOBOLIN RAMS 16 (Tries: Nickoelle Kirby 2, Erica Stevenson, Goals: Nickita Kirby 2)
Meanwhile, the men's match was a more straight-forward affair, the Tigers dispensing with the Rams easily during a 72-14 victory where the best-on-ground Regan Hughes scored four tries.
The Tigers, who have lost both of their matches since a dogged derby victory against Cargo three and a half weeks ago, jumped out of the blocks early against the Rams, clocking three tries to be up 16-0 a little over 20 minutes into the match.
However, despite being undermanned, the Rams responded, with tries to Jarrick Kirby and Calvin Reynolds introducing the semblance of a contest, leaving the Tigers up 26-8 at the main break.
From there though, things were nearly all one way traffic, the Tigers piling on 46 point to six in the second half to run out as comfortable 58 point winners against the Rams.
Regan Hughes picked up Player's Player in addition to being best-on-ground, while his brother, Curtis, picked up two votes for his efforts, plus Tatafu Na'aniumotu (who scored three tries) and Andrew Kelleher each got themselves a vote for their work throughout the day.
However, Tigers captain Brydon Hughes said there was still plenty to work on ahead of a clash against Eugowra this coming Sunday.
"They did kick through our line... we're pretty bad on that... we need to adjust when they put a good kick through and have a good chase," he said.
- CANOWINDRA TIGERS 72 (Tries: Regan Hughes 4, Tatafu Na'aniumotu 3, Frazer Ryder, Semisi Tupou, Sia Nemani, Curtis Hughes, Lindsay Thurgate, Nathan Whatman. Goals: Rob Burn 10) def CONDOBOLIN RAMS 14 (Tries: Jarrick Kirby Calvin Reynolds, Blake Haydon Goal: Michael Haydon)