The Monaro Colts Under 23’s claimed an impressive 38-10 win against the Riverina Bulls in Round 2 of the Country Championships.
The Monaro Ladies League Tag side, however, suffered a 40-8 loss as the GSR Wests Tigers proved too strong as they knocked the Colts out of the tournament.
A strong second half performance from the Monaro Colts saw the defending champions defeat Riverina to reach the semi-finals.
The Bulls started the stronger of the two sides with a try in the fifth minute but Monaro hit back quickly with tries to Luke Skidmore and Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai.
Riverina fought their way back into the contest and managed to narrow the gap to two points with a try late in the second half.
However, the Bulls gave away a penalty right on halftime and the Colts took the two points.
The second half started slowly but Derek Hay crossed from close range to give the Colts breathing space.
In the 68th minute, the floodgates opened as Zac Patch and Ron Leapai barged over the line for two consecutive tries.
Cleve McGhie sealed the win with a 70m try which gave Monaro a 28 point win.
The Colts will take on the Illawarra South Coast Dragons in the semi-finals next Saturday.
The Monaro Colts were beaten by the GSR Wests Tigers in Round 2 of the Country Championships.
The Tigers started strongly as they scored three tries in the opening eight minutes before the Colts fought their way into the arm wrestle.
GSR grabbed another try in the 16th minute before Caitlin Turnbull opened the scoring for Monaro as she broke through the line and showed fantastic footwork to beat the last defender.
The Tigers finished the half with another try but the Colts started the second half in determined fashion.
Renee Norgrove doubled Monaro’s score with a try in the corner after she received a basketball style pass from Emma James.
However, the Tigers found their stride midway through the half as they crossed the line on three further occasions as they claimed a 40-8 win.