The Tigers have broken a 2 yr drought and won the Duroux Shield by 6 points. In a game that had everything, the last 25 mins was nail biting.
The Tigers started with the worst first half of season 2014. It was riddled with mistakes and penalties and the man in the middle let us know about it. The penalty count mounted and at one stage the Green and Whites defending 4 sets in a row on their own line.
The Cowboys had a very spirited and young team which kept turning up for each other. The Cowboys easily the better team of the first half going into the break leading 12-4. One of the highlights form the first half was a charge down by 5/8 Brendon O’neill that lead directly to a try for half Brendon Kelly.
Coach Catip was very descriptive in his disappointment of the first half. The lads had a very simple plan heading into the last half but had to stick to it if they wanted to remain in this match.
Tigers started slowly in the second half but were gaining momentum and continued to make mistake at the business end of the field. The game was back in forth untill a very dominate and brutal 10 mins from Josh Binnie. Not long after the rest followed suit by stepping up a level.
The game was very physical and a few of the Cowboys had left the field with injuries and Tigers took the lead 16-12 with 28 remaining. Halfback Brendon Kelly was sent to the bin for 10 but served nearly 13 mins. Cowboys scoring just before Kelly’s re-entry to the field to lead 18-16 with 17 to go.
A few minutes later the Tigers got a penalty from right and front. Fullback Ray Ebsworth made sue of it and it was level at 18 a piece. After a good set from Tigers and a piggyback from a penlty, Ray Ebsworth scored and converted to gain a 6 point lead with 3mins to go.
The last few minutes had everything you could expect out of Rugby League including a Penalty to the Cowboys 20m from the Tigers line which the kicked dead returning the ball back to Tigers with 40 secs remaining and sealing the Duroux shield return to it Namesakes former club.
Player awards and points
3 Josh Johnston(prop)
2 Des Sofea(second Row)
1 Brendon O’Neill(five-eight)
Players Players went to Ray Ebsworth(fullback)
Old Boys Player of the Match went to Captain Ray Downie(