No joy for Tigers

WINGHAM Tigers travelled to Port Macquarie in Group Three Rugby League to play the Port Macquarie Sharks.

In the first round, Wingham won by 22 points, but this game had a different outcome with the home side too strong.

The Tigers scored first when Matt Bridge put Tim Watson through a hole to score.

An error from the kick-off gave the Sharks field position which resulted in a try and a 6-4 lead by the home team.

Then Port Macquarie scored again with a controversial try that many believed should have been a Wingham penalty.

Eight minutes before half time, Matt Bridge put Tim Watson in for another try. Michael Rees converted to level the scores at 10-10.

Again, another error gave the Sharks good field position that resulted in another converted try and a 16-10 lead at the break.

An early try after half time to Port Macquarie extended their lead to 20-10.

Ten minutes later, the home team scored again to lead 26-10.

Another try to the Sharks midway through the half put the game beyond reach at 30-10.

Both teams scored in the final 10 minutes to make the final score 36-16.

Wingham's try was courtesy of Luke Steel, under the posts, converted by Tim Watson.

(Tim Watson 2, Luke Steel tries, Michael Rees, Tim Watson goals).

Reserve grade

The reserve grade Tigers were competition leaders at the midway point of the season.

However Port Macquarie came out hard and led 12-0 after just six minutes.

Five minutes later, Scott Price scored a spectacular try for the Tigers, jumping above the opposition and catching a bomb.

The Sharks scored again 10 minutes before halftime to lead 16-4 at the break.

Both teams scored two tries in the second half, Wingham's to Wayne Holstein and Chris Butler.

Port Macquarie were victorious 28-12.

(Scott Price, Wayne Holstein, Chris Butler tries).

Under 18s

The Sharks led the under 18s competition, and the Wingham team just fell short in causing an upset.

A try to Jake Mullen gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

But back-to-back tries midway through the first half gave Port Macquarie an 8-4 lead at the break.

The home team added another try early in the second half.

Then Jake Mullen scored his second try, followed by a try by Fletcher Lewis, converted by Ryan Morris, and Wingham were leading.

Another try to the Sharks 10 minutes from full time sealed their 18-14 win.

(Jake Mullen 2, Fletcher Lewis tries, Ryan Morris goal).

League tag

The Wingham Ladies League Tag were down 16-0, without having touched the ball.

The halftime score was 22-0.

The Sharks added three more tries in the second half to win 38-0.

It was a bad day for the Tigers losing all grades.

Back home

The Tigers are back at home this Saturday against the Wauchope Blues at the Wingham Sporting Complex. League tag starts at 11.30am, followed by under 18s at 12.30pm and reserve grade at 1.40pm.

First grade kicks off at 3pm.

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