A dejected Luke Berkrey was left to contemplate life without Latrell Siegwalt for the foreseeable future following Gundagai’s 26-all draw with Albury at Greenfield Park on Sunday.
Siegwalt injured his ankle 25 minutes into the round eight Group 9 first-grade contest between the Tigers and Thunder, and he didn’t return to the field, leading Berkrey and the Tigers to prepare themselves for the worst.
The Tigers had their chance to seal the result against Albury, leading 4-nil after 10 minutes, 10-4 after 20 minutes, 20-16 after 47 minutes and 26-20 after 60 minutes but credit must be given to the Robbie Byatt-led Thunder, who stayed in the contest.
For Gundagai, Royce Tout was best on field, while Berkrey, Tyron Gorman and Afa Collins were strong.
For Albury, New English recruit Jack Mallinson was good in his first game for the club and Paul Karaitiana, Jon Huggett, Lachlan Curtain-Marlowe and Ty Fletcher all made a good impact.
Gundagai Tigers 26 (Tries: Latrell Siegwalt, Luke Berkrey, Jack Elphick, Corey Wilson and Tyron Gorman; Conversions: Corey Wilson 2, Latrell Siegwalt) drew with the Albury Thunder 26 (Tries: Lachlan Curtain-Marlowe 2, Ty Fletcher, Sabastian Nelson, Jon Huggett; Conversions: Keanau Wighton 2; Penalty Conversion: Keanau Wighton).
Kangaroos win Wagga derby
Wagga Kangaroos were able to hit back following their round seven defeat to Albury when beating Wagga Brothers 22-14 at McDonalds Park on Saturday.
The Roos led throughout the match, and were ahead 10-4 at the break but it wasn’t an easy win, with a persistent Brothers outfit keeping pace for most of the game.
Jacob Mascini helped the Roos to victory though, with the nifty outside back scoring a 90 metre try, while he set up Ben Pembelton and Charles Barton for their tries.
The Roos face a tougher task on Saturday when taking on the Tumut Blues at Twickenham in round nine of the competition, while Wagga Brothers will hope to bounce back when hosting the ever-improving and in-form Albury Thunder at McDonalds Park on Sunday.
Wagga Kangaroos 22 (Tries: Ben Pembelton, Jacob Mascini, Charles Barton, Ned Cooper; Conversions: Charles Barton 3) defeated Wagga Brothers 14 (Tries: Caleb Atkinson, Sebastian Blackett, James Morgan; Conversion: Edan Price).
Dragons bounce back
The Temora Dragons bounced back from their first loss of the season in the best possible way when belting Southcity 36-6 at Nixon Park on Sunday.
After falling to Young in round seven, the Dragons came out firing against the struggling Bulls in round eight, with Drew Robinson scoring a treble as Temora took a 24-6 lead into half time before winning comfortably in the end.
It was a good win for Temora, who entered the match without Hayden Lomax (dislocated wrist), while they lost Grant Hughes (ankle) midway through the first half.
The Dragons now take on the top of the table Tigers in round nine of the competition at Anzac Park on Sunday, while Southcity get a chance to lick their wounds when having a week off due to the bye.
Temora Dragons 36 (Tries: Drew Robinson 3, Joel Kelly 2, Jock Ward, Billy Reardon, James Stewart; Conversions: Hamish Starr 2) defeated Southcity Bulls 6 (Try: Joel Tracey; Conversion: Kyle McCarthy).