Rugby league: Derby victory

THE Wingham Tigers were at home on Saturday afternoon at the Wingham Sporting Complex against the Taree City Bulls.

Adam Kerr sends a pass out for the Tigers

Adam Kerr sends a pass out for the Tigers

Both teams had a win and a loss from their two games in the competition.

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A big crowd was in attendance with a special Old Boys day.

The Tigers were first to score after 10 minutes when Michael Richards followed up from a Riki Toby break to score near the posts. Matt Bridge added the extra points.

Five minutes later the scores were level at 6-6 following a Taree City barge over try.

At the midway point of the first half, Tim Watson ran through a hole in the defense to score under the posts.

Ten minutes later, Matt Bridge put a grubber kick into the in-goal area on the last tackle, and won the race to score a try for a 16-6 lead.

Soon afterwards, Tim Watson was denied a try when a short flat pass was called forward.

A minute later, Alex Studdert scored in the corner for Wingham to take a 20-6 lead into the break.

In the first minute of the second half, Tim Watson found another gap in the defence to score under the posts.

A few minutes later, Tim Watson scored his third after some great lead-up work from the Bridge brothers. With Matt Bridge's conversion, the Tigers led 32-6.

The Bulls added a converted try before Alex Studdert scored in the canteen corner to extend the lead to 36-12.

Ten minutes later Tim Bridge looked to have scored under the posts from a long flat pass from his brother that was again called forward.

Inside the final 10 minutes, Tepuhi Rudolph scored under the posts after a Tim Watson break. With the kick by Matt Bridge, the home team led 42-12.

A converted try to the Bulls in the final seconds made the final score 42-18.

(Tim Watson 3, Alex Studdert 2, Michael Richards, Matt Bridge, Tepuhi Rudolph tries Matt Bridge 5 goals).

The Reserve Grade Tigers had a stroll in the park, and led 36-0 at half time with two tries to Robert MoiMoi, Trent Grofos, Garyn Burnes, Chris Butler and Russell Babekuhl, with six conversions by Garyn Burnes.

A try by Shaun Chapman, and two by Garyn Burnes, all converted by Garyn Burnes, gave Wingham a 54-0 victory.

(Garyn Burnes 3, Robert MoiMoi 2, Trent Grofos, Chris Butler, Russell Babekuhl, Shaun Chapman tries, Garyn Burnes 9 goals).

The Under 18s registered their first win for 2014 with a 20-0 victory over the previously undefeated Bulls.

First half tries to Mitch Collins, Ben Gallagher and Jesse Raymond, and a conversion to Ryan Morris gave the Tigers a 14-0 advantage at the break.

Sam Bartlett scored midway through the second half, and it was converted by Ben Gallagher.

(Mitch Collins, Ben Gallagher, Jesse Raymond, Sam Bartlett tries, Ryan Morris, Ben Gallagher goals).

The women's League Tag put in their best game for the year, trailing 16-4 at half time with Rhiannon Fuller scoring Wingham's try.

Second half tries to Rhiannon Fuller and Natalie Watson, both converted by Rhiannon Fuller weren't enough, with Taree City winning 28-16.

(Rhiannon Fuller 2, Natalie Watson tries, Rhiannon Fuller 2 goals).

Thanks also to the Under 8s who defeated the Taree Panthers in an exhibition game played prior to the first grade game.

Next Sunday, May 18 the Wingham Tigers travel to Old Bar Reserve to play the Pirates in all grades.

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