Springsure pip Tigers in thriller
What a cracker of a game at McIndoe Park on Saturday night!
The Emerald Tigers hosted the Springsure Mountain Men with Ray Ebsworth playing against the team he helped coached last year to a premiership and was instrumental on the field in his new colours.
He was constantly a thorn with his runs, returning the ball from many bombs and taking the ball up in attack.
Matty Martell was on his task from the kick off, hitting the ball up and Matt Travers continued the hit ups when he was on the field.
Tigers’ Wade Campbell and Nathan Parsons were tireless with their workload with Parsons continuing to hit the ball up and in addition, his defence was hurting.
Despite the effort from the home side, the Mountain Men were in after nine minutes, with Matty Martell dodging and weaving through the ruck area to score a converted try and lead 6-0.
Springsure were the better attacking team at the start, with outside backs Tommy Hewitt and Brendan O’Neill’s kicking game on fire.
After 18 minutes, the Tigers hit back with fullback Joe Taylor on the end of a kick in goal from Steven Hoek to level it up at 6-6.
The Tigers continued their attack but constantly failed to deliver the killer punch by simple mistakes.
Nearing halftime, ageing prop Dywayne Rigby received a floating pass in front of the posts from Steven Hoek and the Tigers were in again and took a 12-6 lead at halftime.
Springsure continued their good attack and with many runs forward and after a good back line, hooker Henry Watkins was over for try from dummy half to once again level it up, 12-12.
The home side hit back with prop Dywayne Rigby ‘Johnny on the spot’, on the end of a back line to score and be ahead 18-12.
It still looked like anyone’s game and the Tigers were looking the better, particularly with performances from utility Josh Cavanagh, centre Sebastian Stiegler and hooker Mick Zimmierle.
For the blue men, Ben Kerswell was good off the bench along with Jamie Priddle.
In the 70th minute, the Mountain Men looked the better and six minutes later, Tom Hewitt scored from a good backline to dodge his way through and scored next to the posts The score was levelled at 18-18.
Either side could have won and in the dying minutes, Ray Ebsworth passed to Ben Donohoe who scored the winning try.
The Mountain Men ran out winners and are leading the charge for the premiership.
Ben Kerle and lock Jake Barnett were dominant in Springsure’s game plan.
It was a good win by the Mountain Men and if they could have their full squad every week to play, they are a force and I’m sure coach Warren Sullivan would like his full squad each week.