On the back foot

It was a day to forget for the Canowindra Tigers Youth League side who were on the back foot from the opening set in their match against a red hot Forbes Magpies in Parkes on Sunday.

The CANOWINDRA Junior Tigers came up against a very well drilled Forbes outfit who have not been defeated this season. The boys if it was tremendous but failed to contain the stronger opponents and went down 52 to 4.



For this outfit have a few players connected to Sydney NRL clubs and this shows the quality of that side.


The Tigers had a little ball due to indiscretions in the play the ball and was on the back end of the penalty count. With no ball Tigers had to do a great deal of tackling and gave the Forbes too much possession. When the Tigers got more aggressive in their defence they were able to put the Forbes team under pressure,but lacked consistency in this area. The boys will train twice a week now to gain more condition and work on their teamwork and structure. This week we travel to Forbes on Sunday more information will be posted on the Tigers Facebook page

At the end of four quarters the Tigers were left licking their wounds, down 66-4.

Right from the opening set it was clear who would be dictating terms for the rest of the game, with the Magpies forwards marching their way down the field with ease, before they elected to run the ball on the last for an easy try out wide.

From there it was a miserable day for an undermanned Tigers side that was completely powerless to stop the relentless juggernaut that was the Forbes forwards.

Forbes five-eighth Matt Noakes took full advantage of the platform laid by his forwards, expertly directing the troops while crossing for two tries and knocking over nine goals.

In a remarkable second quarter burst the Magpies managed to notch four tries in 15 minutes, with Sean Towney and Tom Phillips making huge metres for the forward pack.

Noakes, Darcy Leadbitter and Connor Greenhalgh were absolutely clinical in the back line with every opportunity, never letting up on the exhausted Canowindra side.

Despite conceding 12 tries the Tigers should be commended for gritting it out, continually rolling up their sleeves in defence without much of a let-up.

Will Cain was Canowindra's sole try scorer.

Next Sunday Canowindra will be looking to bounce back when they take on Cowra in Forbes.