Having struggled last year in their first season back in the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup, the Yass Magpies continued to show why they are the most improved team in the competition with a 44-4 win over the injury stricken Gungahlin Bulls.
After a tense opening ten minutes of the game, Kyle Danilzciak opened the scoring for Yass when he latched onto a Steve Naughton inside pass to cross the line.
The Bulls hit back straight away when Ross McGinn latched onto a Derek Hay grubber kick towards the in goal.
However, the Bulls hopes took a major blow when Sheen Lomax was sent to the sin bin for dissent afer Yass centre Willie Peace barged his way over the try line to score.
Holding the numerical advantage, Yass went into halftime with a 20-4 lead as Scott Naughton scored under the posts before Andrew Swaffield took advantage of some good work from his winger, Jesse Collins.
Collecting the ball on his wing, Collins ran across field before passing to Swaffield who scored near the posts.
The Magpies continued the second half in the same vein as Scott Naughton bagged his second try with a dart from dummy half before Saipani Alolupo crashed over the line.
Jai Smith managed to score Yass’ seventh try of the afternoon as the winger capped off a lovely move as the Magpies spread the ball wide.
Collins nearly added an extra four points as Peace set Collins away with an offload. Sprinting down the touchline with only Dan Keir to beat, Collins decided to attempt to chip the ball over Keir but his kick went over the dead ball line.
Collins nearly scored again only moments later when Shaun Davis broke through the defensive line close to halfway. Realising he didn’t have the pace to go all the way, Davis kicked the ball towards Collins but desperate defence from Gungahlin’s Sam Bramich stopped what looked to be a certain try..
However, those near misses didn’t deter the Magpies as Danilzciak scored his second try late in the match to give Yass a 44-4 win.
The win sees Yass remain on track for third place as they hold a three point lead over the fifth placed West Belconnen Warriors, albeit having played one match more.