A Nora Lal hattrick has helped the Tuggeranong Buffaloes defeat the Queanbeyan Kangaroos 40-6 on Sunday afternoon at Northbourne Oval.
Tuggeranong rake Amanda Kyburz said although the team performed well, there is still room for improvement.
“It’s just given us experience for what we’ve been working on in training,” Kyburz said. “We’ve been doing new sets and to be able to bring them out in the field has been a really good improvement but it’s something we still need to work further on for our future games.”
Despite fielding only twelve players due to a mounting injury toll at the club, the Kangaroos fought valiantly in the first half before running out of steam.
Lal gave the Buffaloes the lead after she crashed over the line early in the first half before running 50 meters to score her second of the match.
The Roos had a sniff from the restart when a Buffaloes error gave them prime field position and Emily Johnstone took advantage as she steamrolled over the last defender to score.
However, from that moment it was all Tuggeranong as Jessica Stanley scored with a simple run from first receiver before Lal broke through the line to produce another stunning 50 meter try to give Tuggeranong a 24-6 halftime lead.
Tuggeranong captain, Karen Lyons, continued Tuggeranong’s try scoring with a double after the break with her second try a try a length of the field effort after intercepting a stray Kangaroos pass.
Tiana Collins put the icing on the cake late in the game with Tuggeranong’s seventh try, and Amanda Kyburz made no mistake with the conversion as she kicked her sixth goal.
The win sees Tuggeranong move two points clear of the Kangaroos at the foot of the table with four games remaining in the regular season.
Tuggeranong Buffaloes 40 (Tries: N Lal 3, K Lyons 2, J Stanley, T Collins; Goals: A Kyburz 6) d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 6 (Tries: E Johnstone; Goals:K Parsons)