Warriors hand Blues their third consecutive defeat

The Queanbeyan Blues have dropped out of the top four after suffering a 14-4 defeat at the hands of the West Belconnen Warriors at Raiders Belconnen.

With both sides entering the match on the back of losses, the game started slowly as both sides battled for field position.

The Queanbeyan Blues finally broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when George Stewart scored in the corner after a Terry Campese cut out put the winger over the line.

The two sides continued to trade blows but neither side added to the scoreboard until Tim Sloman scored a miraculous try for the Warriors.

West Belconnen center Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai managed to execute an around the back pas for his winger Matt Campbell, who offloaded into the path of the grateful Sloman.

Gioele Celerino looked to have scored for the Blues when he barged over from short range but the pass from David Barrie was ruled to have gone forward.

West Belconnen turned defence into attack and Joe Roberts caught the Queanbeyan markers napping to give the Warriors the lead. However, Matthew Campbell missed the simple conversion to widen the margin to six points.

Queanbeyan prop, Jake Stein was sent off within the final ten minutes of the match as tempers flared from both sides before Warrior’s hooker Joe Roberts, sealed the result.

The young hooker once again caught the markers napping as he darted from dummy half to score his second of the afternoon.

The win sees the West Belconnen Warriors remain in second place, only behind the Tuggeranong Bushrangers on for and against.

West Belconnen Warriors 14 (Tries: J Roberts 2, T Sloman; Goals: L Keely) d Queanbeyan Blues 4 (Try: G Stewart)

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