The Canowindra Tigers were given a second half scare by CSU in their Woodbridge Cup match on Saturday before eventually running out winners 34-20.
Leading 16-4 at the half time break, courtesy of first half tries to Hughes, Lolo and Hardwick, the Tigers stretched their lead early in the second half following Hardwick's second try to lead 22-4 only to then to take their foot off the pedal allowing CSU to fight their way back into the game with the score getting back to 22-20 at one stage.
In a match with plenty of feeling the Tigers opened the scoring following good work in the forwards from Dwyer and Whatman followed by Ned Stephenson in the centres drawing in the defence and picking up Hughes who found Hardwick who sliced through the defence, drew the winger and sent the ball back to Hughes who dived over for the opening points.
CSU hit back after a good passage of play saw ex-Canowndra boy Joe Coady break the line to find another ex-Canowindra player, Lachie Balcombe, who scored for the home side's first points, 6-4.
A short time later, Brown sliced through the CSU defence, chipped over the top before being pulled down. A penalty from the play the ball allowed the Tigers to maintain the pressure and George Lolo scored near the posts.
The conversion from Danny Matthews took the lead out to 12-4 in what was developing as a tough tussle.
Matthews was again in the action when he put a kick through for Hardwick to score out wide and take the lead out to 16-4 at half time.
The Tigers came back from the break without Hughes who suffered a knee injury, but in a try scoring mood and good play from Nick Curtis and Hardwick saw the latter score his second try which was duly converted by Matthews to take the Tigers out to 22-4.
What then followed was a passage of play that was sure not to please coach Grimshaw.
Poor ball security from the Tigers let CSU back in to the match, CSU hitting back with a try to bring the score back to 22-8 before scoring a further try to their half back under the posts.
All of a sudden the score was 22-14 mid way through the second half.
Tigers continued to put themselves under plenty of pressure not taking kicks on the full giving possession back to CSU who scored again to make the score 22-20 with 13 to go.
A clever kick from Callum Clyburn, which was scooped on by Brown for a converted try turned the momentum the Tigers way before Dan Middleton sealed the match with a converted try under the posts making the full time score 34-20 in favour of the Tigers.
Players player Louis Dwyer who had an outstanding game, constantly put the CSU defence under pressure.
The Canowindra Tigresses went down 16-12 in a see-sawing match against CSU in League Tag.
The Canowindra Tigresses were first to score through Emma Bailey with the try converted by Charlie Burley to lead 6-0.
CSU hit back after a good run using their speed out wide with the Tigresses caught watching the attack instead of moving up which allowed a CSU player to score in the corner 6-4.
The attempted conversion from out wide was waved away.
Tigresses extended their lead with a second try converted by Charlie White to get out to a 12-4 lead.
Unfortunately that was to be the end of the points from the Tigresses with repeat sets given to CSU and they took full advantage to dive over and score and bring the score back to 12-8.
The conversion was successful, 12-10, with about 20 minutes of the half remaining.
Repeat sets again saw CSU in control and they took the lead 14-12 with about 17 to go in the half.
With the conversion again successful they extended their lead to 16-12.
The Tigresses had their chances but failed to convert.
Youth league travelled to Eugowra where they took on Molong.
Fielding a very different side after a few players didn't arrive the Tigers drew first blood with a good try to Oborn to lead 4-0.
Cameron Wheeler slotted the conversion from the side-line to take the score to 6-0.
Molong hit straight back after a dubious steal the ball to score under the posts through their front rower, 6-6.
A sneaky dummy half effort from Molong resulted in their next try after the Tigers failed to compress enough close to the play the ball.
After some good ball control the Tigers were next to score out wide with five-eighth Reidy was rewarded with a try wide.
Wheeler converted to level the scores 12-12.
With just seconds left on the clock in the first half the Tigers struck again scoring out wide. This time Wheeler's conversion was waved away but the lead went to the break with an unexpected 16-12 lead.
They were in again, extending their lead to 20-12 before their lack of numbers and the defensive effort began to tell, allowing Molong to score the remaining points in the game to score a 24-20 win.
The boys tried hard in the final minutes and were a little unlucky at times and probably didn't deserve to lose.
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