The Burrangong Bears were involved in a tight tussle against the Eugowra Golden Eagles in the first half of last weekend’s clash before the Eagles ran away with the game in the second half.
Burrangong Bears Rugby League Football Club spokesman James Sheehan said the first grade team showed they can match it with top teams if they stick to their structures.
“The game was a good arm wrestle for the first 20 minutes, with the Bears first to score early on,” he said.
“Eugowra got a few back to back sets off some silly penalties which led to them scoring two tries in 10 minutes.”
Mr Sheehan said the Bears let themselves down at times during the match with some poor discipline.
“A fair amount of 50/50 calls went against the Bears, there was a penalty on the last tackle against the Bears and two players being sin binned during crucial parts of the match attributed to the score blowout,” he said.
“It was a big blow is losing Captain Matt Longhurst to a knee injury that he sustained in the second half.”
The final score was the Eugowra Golden Eagles 44 defeated the Burrangong Bears 16.
Best players were Ben Logue, Benny Wallwork and Brett Campbell with the Players player going to Brett Campbell and Benny Wallwork.
Tries to Ben Logue, Jeremy Martin and Benny Wallwork with a 90 metre intercept and conversions by Ben Logue 2 out of 3.
The League Tag team were defeated by the Golden Eagles 28-0.
“The Bears defence was very strong, especially right on the try line, but the Golden Eagles were able to break the line after a few unlucky missed tags when they spread the ball out wide,” Mr Sheehan said.
Best players were Nicola Hambilton, Karissa Campbell, Hayley Major and Players Player was Karissa Campbell. The Bears will travel to Manildra to play against the Rhinos on Sunday July 16, kick off is at 12:40pm for League Tag and 2pm for First Grade.