Tenterfield turned out in force both on and off the field as the Tigers hosted a doubleheader of rugby league on Saturday.
The Tigers came away with a great win over the Stanthorpe Gremlins with a scoreline of 58-12. Coach/captain Brendan Minns said while the team played well and defence was extrememly good, it didn’t hurt that Stanthorpe turned up with only 16 players (as did Inglewood and Killarney).
The Tigers let in two tries due to a couple of lapses but otherwise Minns said the team’s improvement in defence had put it in a good attacking position for most of the game.
“We found a weakness in Stanthorpe’s game, and played to our strengths,” he said.
Eleven tries were scored by the Tigers: four to Faron Anderson, two to Mal Whightman and one each to Adam Clothier, Jac Wilson, Bruce Binge, Wayne Brown and Alex McGrady.
Minns kicked seven goals and received one refs’ point. Clothier was named Players’ Player and earned three refs’ points.
Inglewood also had a strong win over Killarney at 46-0. From the little of the game that Minns got to see, he said Inglewood’s forwards appeared to dominate the Cutters, with runs down the middle before passing off to support.
This Saturday Stanthorpe hosts the doubleheader, where Tigers will play Inglewood at 1.30pm for the Patrons Cup as the top two teams after the third round. Sadly it may not be an indication of what happens in the grand final.
”We won every bit of silverware last season except the grand final,” Minns said. “It would be good if it did.”
Defence will again be the focus for the Tigers, after defending their line well last Saturday holding off quite a few sets of play from the Gremlins.
With both Tigers and their opposition playing away from home, Minns said it may come down to who travels best on the day, and who actually turns up.
With only three more games to go and all away games for the Tigers they would have to be unlucky not to have a finals home game, but Minns is urging his players not to be complacent, and not to finish games too early.