Tumut’s Sullivan cup team ended their day with only 12 fit players and were looking a little sore and sorry for themselves as they walked off Twickenham after Sunday’s 20-6 loss to the Young Cherrypickers.
The boys, who went into the match already missing players, lost Jimmy Booby (concussion) and Joe Roddy (ankle) just after half time but dug deep to be 6-all with only 15 minutes remaining.
In fact, Tumut’s try came via some remarkable football just before the break, with Booby kicking the ball deep before a fortuitous bounce landed in the arms of Zac Treglown, who wrestled three defenders before offloading to Adam Beaver, who stepped back in to score a good try.
The second half was tough for the Blues; still they kept finding an extra effort in defence but it was fatigue and a one-man overlap that would allow Young to put on three late tries and secure the win.
Cal Keenan deserves a special mention on the right edge though, after diffusing two tries and working his tail off to keep the Blues in the game.
Additionally, Rory Arragon and Bailey Casey, who were stepping up to play in the second row for the first time, had outstanding games and will only be better for the experience.
Coach Dan Roddy could only praise his side for their typically tough effort, and said Tumut were in the match for most of the 60 minutes.
“I can’t fault the effort, everyone put up their hand and worked really hard but we just lost a little control in the ruck towards the end of the game,” Roddy said.
“We started with only one on the bench and we were right in it. We were all level at half time and it was still 6-all with about 15 minutes to go.
“The boys were still right in the game, but a couple of injuries after we lost Joe and Jimmy and that sort of took the wind out of our sails.”
Reggies and league taggers get rolled
It was tougher reading for the Tumut Blues reserve grade and league tag teams, who went down 60-nil and 28-nil respectively.
The Young Cherrypickers boast a lot of depth in their reserve grade team this season, and it was on show on Saturday, with the visitors scoring 30 points in each half and making the home side look very ordinary.
The Pickers look to be the benchmark in 2020 and will be heavy favourites to go one better and win the reserve grade title this year.
The Tumut taggers on the other hand were in the contest more than their score suggested.
The home side stopped a lot of tries and defended well, but piling pressure just took its toll, and a well-oiled Pickers ran away with the win in the end.