The Blues have defeated the Kangaroos 38-22 at Seiffert Oval on Saturday afternoon to come out on top in the Queanbeyan derby.
Blues Captain-Coach, Terry Campese, laid the foundations for the win in the first half, setting up three tries before the break.
The Kangaroos opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a somewhat fortuitous try.
Brent Crisp received the ball ten metres out on last tackle and as he shaped to kick, the men on his outside overran him so he instead grubber kicked for himself. His kick deflected off Terry Campese’s legs before bouncing around in the in goal and it was Crisp who would win the race to the ball, diving on it to score.
The Blues responded when Campese somehow slipped his way through three tacklers who looked to have had him wrapped up on the halfway line before he ran 30 metres and threw a superb long ball to Joshua Baker who scored in the corner.
The Blues were over again after a break down the right side set them up with excellent field position, with a quick play the ball and a Campese inside pass to Tyler Stevens too much for the Kangaroos to defend against.
The Blues’ third try came when Campese ran across the field looking for support before finding Jake Stein who ran straight through a gap in the defence to score.
The Kangaroos ensured they headed into the break trailing by just six when Elliot Raby scored out wide after a Kangaroos backline move culminated in Nicholas Grant throwing a cut out pass to the unmarked Raby.
The Kangaroos started the second half the same way they started the first, with Grant barging his way over to score less than four minutes after play resumed.
Unfortunately for the Kangaroos, they knocked the ball on coming out of their half from the kickoff, gifting the Blues great field position which they capitalised on when Stevens crossed for his second try of the game.
The Blues extended their lead when Cody Wynnik put in a perfectly weighted grubber 25 metres out from the Kangaroos try line which his teammate Joshua Stuckey was able to get on the end of to score.
Tyler Stevens had his hattrick when he showed some speed during broken play to run around the outside of the Kangaroos defence and score in the corner.
The Kangaroos scored a try with just three minutes to play but it was matched by the Blues scoring a try of their own after the siren when they returned a Kangaroos’ Hail Mary kick 80 metres to score.
Queanbeyan Blues 38 (Tries: Stevens 3, Baker, Stein, Stuckey, Taholo Goals: Campese 5/7) def Queanbeyan Kangaroos 22 (Tries: Grant 2, Crisp, Raby Goals: Crisp 3/4)
Article written by Vincent Smith-Koppie