Jayden Brown passes from the base of a scrum during Canowindra’s match against Manildra on May 15. Brown was one of Canowindra’s best at the weekend.First grade was an up and down affair against a vastly improved Condobolin team compared to what they have fielded the last few years.
Canowindra seem to like playing harder than needed and love defending, constantly giving away easy possession and piggy backing penalties to the opposition.
The boys have several areas to improve on, after the 28-22 win, most importantly maintaining their intensity for the full 80 minute as they prepare for the local derby against Cargo next week.
On a side note, with captain-coach Matt Frazer out with a leg injury, it was good to see his brother Pete take to the field.
He gave us some steel in the middle when we needed it most.
And given he hasn’t played league for seven years, there was also promising signs from Todd Wyburn as well.
Once match fit, both Pete and Todd will be handy additions to the team and club.
As I stated earlier, next Sunday we have the local derby against Cargo with the game day sponsored by Canowindra Real Estate.
Be sure to get down to Tom Clyburn Oval to get behind and vocal to support our ladies and men.
Both games should provide some great local sporting entertainment.
On Sunday the Tigers scored after ten minutes with a try to Kurt Richardson from some classy work from Brydon Hughes and Matt Mclean on the blind side which was converted to lead 6-0.
Condobolin Rams were testing the Tigers defence with their offloads and could of scored only they dropped the ball and the Tigers to their credit were able to capitalise and they run in three more tries to lead 20-6 at the break.
Canowindra lost their urgency in defence and we’re going through the motions and let Condobolin back into the game.
The only bright point was the only second half was a try to Kurt Richardson from great work from all players sending the ball from one side of the field to the other and a great pass from Stanley Torato for Kurt to score.
Two penalty goals put the Tigers clear but Condobolin ran in late tries to close the gap but the clock was in favour of the Tigers to hold on to a narrow win which should have been more comfortable.
Captain coach Frazer wasn’t happy with the second half and will work on that at training to prepare for the next game.
First grade players’ player- Jayden Brown and Brydon Hughes, 3 points Aaron Earsman, 2 points Jayden Brown, 1 point Dave Doran and Pete Frazer.
Meanwhile Canowindra lost 16-4 at in round seven of the Woodbridge Cup league tag competition.
The Tigers performed strong and will take plenty of confidence away with them.
There is a bit of old rivalry between the two sides and it was a close game up until half time.
Unlucky girls, we need to reset and get ready for next week.
League tag players’ player- Brittany Whatman, 3 points Emma Duke, 2 points Jess Coker, 1 point Alicia Earsman.
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