Canaries survive early scare to overrun Dogs

By Tim Keeble - Illawarra Mercury

Dapto survived a first-half scare before coming from behind to beat Collegians 26-12 on Saturday at Dapto Showground.

The win kept the Canaries on course for a finals appearance, though coach Chris Leikvoll was annoyed that his team did it the hard way.

‘‘We were pretty poor today,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s probably a good sign that we won the game not being at our best, but we definitely need some massive improvement on that performance.’’

An upset was on the cards when Collies took a surprising 12-6 lead into the half-time break.

But the Canaries woke from their slumber and kept the visitors scoreless over the final 40 minutes.

‘‘We made a lot of things up and didn’t stick to our game plan in any way, shape or form in the first half, but in the second half we stuck more to what we’re supposed to do,’’ Leikvoll said.

‘‘This game was a potential banana skin for us really. I was pleased to get the two points the way the season is at the moment. It puts us a bit clearer of the other three teams following behind.

‘‘Our goal at the start of the year was to get in the semis and go from there. We’re not quite there yet but we’re on our way. Hopefully we can get another win or two before the end of the season and take it out of everybody else’s hands.’’

Dapto don’t have an easy passage into the finals, with a game against minor premiers Helensburgh and two meetings with fourth-placed Thirroul.


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2018 Hardware Man Illawarra League First Grade
1 Wests 23
2 Thirroul 23
3 Collegians 22
4 Dapto 20
5 Berkeley 12
6 Helensburgh 8
7 Corrimal 4