We’ve reached the halfway point of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup and there were plenty of tense matches over the weekend.
Queanbeyan Blues 24 (Tries: J Wheeler 2, M Parsons, N Marshall, I Cotric; Goals: M Parsons, S Taholo) d Woden Valley Rams 16 (Tries: K Vaetoe 2, L Ellis; Goals: L Withers)
The Queanbeyan Blues have leapfrogged the Woden Valley Rams into third place after they claimed a 24-16 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Rams started the game in perfect fashion when Chevi Ellis crossed over in the fifth minute of the match but the Blues hit back with a Jake Wheeler double.
Keb Vaetoe scored a double either side of halftime for the Rams as little separated the sides going into the final ten minutes.
However, Aisea Taholo ducked and weaved his way through the defensive line before linking up with Jordan Williams and Mathew Parsons.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 28 (Tries: T Eldridge 2, C Massen, N Low, D Low, J Pollard, W Alexander) d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 16 (Tries: N Ngere 2, J Ulrick; Goals: L Ingram)
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers ensured they would occupy the top of the ladder at the halfway point of the season after a 28-16 win over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
James Ulrick ensured that the Kangaroos would start the afternoon on the right track with a try from dummy half but Wez Alexander hit back for the Bushrangers.
Nukurua Ngere helped the Kangaroos hit the front once again but tries to Ngarima and Drury Low ensured that the Bushrangers would go into the break with a 12-10 lead.
The teams continued to trade tries but a double to Tristan Eldridge sealed the win for the Bushrangers.
West Belconnen Warriors 30 (Tries: H Brown, B McFarlane, R McQueen, R Roberts, J Roberts; Goals: B Crisp 5) d Yass Magpies 12 (Tries: W Peace, A Tupou; Goals: S Davis 2)
The West Belconnen Warriors have bounced back from consecutive losses to remain two points off the top four.
Yass captain Willie Peace opened the scoring in the opening minute when he managed to ground a Jordan Mecham-Crane grubber.
West Belconnen fought their way back into the match as they attacked down their left edge and were rewarded with tries to Harry Brown and Joe Roberts.
The Warriors started hitting form in the second half as Ryan McQueen, Bobby Roberts and Beau McFarlane all scored to help the Warriors to an 18 point win.
Belconnen United Sharks 44 (Tries: S Tupuola 2, T Aroha-Tuinauvai, M Butz, J Vejvoda, A Agnew, R Baker, C Rogers; Goals: T Aroha-Tuinauvai 3, M Mapiou 2, D Williams) d Gungahlin Bulls 28 (Tries: T Sherd, N Mead, S Lomax, I Vatanitawake, B Dunn; Goals: B Robinson 2, D Hately 2)
The Belconnen United Sharks have continued their good form by claiming their third win in four matches.
The Bulls, in front of a number of their former players, started the brighter of the two sides when Isimeli Vatanitawake leaped highest to gather a Jake Scholes kick.
However, the Sharks hit back five minutes later when Sonny Tupuola barraged over before Joey Vejvoda scored shortly afterwards.
The Sharks continued to worry the Bulls with their size and power which created plenty of opportunities for Belconnen’s outside backs.
Belconnen too a 32-6 lead into the halftime break but Gungahlin continued to toil as they drew first blood in the second half through Sheen Lomax.
The two sides continued to trade tries but it had little bearing on the result as the Sharks claimed a comfortable win.