The Queanbeyan Kangaroos have claimed an enthralling Queanbeyan derby as they managed to beat the Blues 42-34 at Seears Workwear Oval.
The Kangaroos started strongly when Fonua Tonga crossed in the third minute before Brent Crisp scored near the posts as they doubled the lead.
Tyrone Henderson scored in the corner before Bryan Cronan managed to ground a towering Crisp bomb to make the score 22-0 in favour of the Kangaroos at the 20 minute mark.
The Blues hit back later in the half as Josh Stuckey continued his recent try scoring form before Jordan Williams scored under the posts on the back of second phase play.
However, the Blues were dealt at the conclusion of that try with Campese being sent to the sin bin.
Despite this, the Blues kept scores level during the 10 minute period before Barrie closed the gap to four points with a try from dummy-half.
The Kangaroos sparked into action and Josh Hitchins barged over after gathering a Crisp offload before Tonga scored in the corner.
Unfortunately for the Kangaroos, Tonga injured his thumb in the process and didn’t return to the field.
With 20 minutes remaining on the clock, the Blues scored twice through Josh Baker and Zane Bijorac before Tyler Stevens scored out wide to level the scores at 34 all.
Campese missed the resulting conversion and both teams pushed for a winning try.
The Kangaroos got the breakthrough in the 74th minute when Nukurua Ngere crashed over the line before Ryan Tuckwell sealed the win with a try out wide.
The win sees the Kangaroos remain in second place while the Blues have their season hanging by the thread as they sit in sixth place.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 42 (Tries: F Tonga 2, T Henderson, B Crisp, B Cronan, J Hitchins, N Ngere, R Tuckwell; Goals: B Crisp 5) d Queanbeyan Blues 34 (Tries: J Stuckey, J Williams, D Barrie, J Baker, Z Bijorac, T Stevens; Goals: T Campese 4, J Baker)