Goannas go down in high scoring affair

Goannas Captain Anthony Eppelstun drags down a Manildra player in the titanic Woodbridge Cup clash at Lawson Park last Sunday.Defence was not the order of the day at Lawson Park last Sunday when the Manildra Rhinos defeated the Goannas 54 to 40.

In bright and sunny conditions the lead changed hands on several occasions with the match finally being settled when Manildra scored a long distance chip and chase try.

The Manildra player planted the ball down under the black dot with the full time siren blaring in the background.

Grenfell made a shaky start to the game making numerous errors and this allowed Manildra to score two unconverted tries.

Both these tries were scored out wide after backline movements that broke through the Goannas right side defence.

Fred Malolo was causing the Rhinos defence no end of trouble and Grenfell opened their scoring after one of his typical busts resulted in James Eppelstun sprinting away to score under the sticks.

Grenfell scored again to go to a 12-8 lead then the teams traded 4 pointers up until halftime with Manildra going to oranges 26-24 leaders.

The Goannas conceded a very soft try right on halftime when Manildra centre Brandon Douglas ran 70 metres to score his third try for the afternoon.

The try scoring feast continued into the second half with Manildra getting comfortable leads only to see the Goannas continually fight back.

A highlight for the Goannas in this half was a great defensive play by Rhys Thomson-Jones when he saved a certain try by making two tackles in the one movement and then the next from dummy half forcing a mistake.

The crucial moment in the match came 7 minutes out from fulltime with the Goannas down 48-40 and big Fred looking almost certain to score but to the dismay of the local crowd he knocked the ball on. Given the openness of the game and the fact that the Goannas were coming home strongly they would have been a good chance of posting an unlikely victory had the pass stuck.

Best for Grenfell were Ant Eppelstun, Dan Lennane and Fred Malolo.

The Goannas scored 7 tries with Doubles to Matt Tozer and James Eppelstun whilst Luke Sheehan and Dave Wood deservedly scored after backing up from Saturday.

James continued his good form with the boot kicking 6 from 7 and Tua Tinao also got over the stripe.

This was again an improved effort by the Goannas but they will need to be at their best this Sunday when they make the long trek to Peak Hill.

Peak Hill are a tough team at any time but on their home turf they grow an extra leg.

The game kicks off at 2.00pm and there is no League Tag game as the Girlannas have a bye.

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