A dominant second half performance has helped the Queanbeyan Blues ease to a 36-0 victory over the third placed Valley Dragons on Friday night.
A tense opening stanza saw both sides defend their line stoutly as they tried to not give each other an inch.
“They really stuck it to us,” said Queanbeyan try scorer, Yasmin Meakes. “That first fifteen minutes was really brutal.”
It looked like the Blues would break the deadlock when they created an overlap but Nirvana Ngan-Woo bundled the winger into touch just as it appeared she was going to score.
However, a serious looking knee injury to Nirada Phonsaya and a knock to Samantha Bodle shortly afterwards halted the Dragons’ momentum as the Blues took the stoppages as a chance to regather themselves.
“We restarted and said that we aren’t playing our natural game,” said Meakes. “We needed to improve our ball security and just run straight and it made a big difference.”
From that point on, the Blues broke the deadlock when Meakes broke through a three player tackle to score next to the corner post before Samantha Wood scored shortly afterwoods to give the Blues a 10-0 halftime lead.
The second half belonged to Queanbeyan as Paris Robinson scored the first of her two tries in the first set after the restart.
Meakes set up Cailah Welch for the first of her two tries not long afterwards with a wonderful offload while Emma White also managed a try.
An injury to Ahlivia Ingram didn’t help the Dragons cause as they were reduced to 12 players before Chloe Smith was sent to the bin alongside Queanbeyan’s Taylor Thorpe as frustration boiled over late in the match.