THE Emerald Tigers have had a great start to the Central Highlands rugby league season with a nail biting 32-30 win over the Dysart Bulls at the weekend.
Gale force winds throughout the game made conditions difficult for the players' passing and kicking skills.
Tigers coach Josh Binnie said while he was happy with the win, the game was “scrappy” with dropped ball.
“But the boys dug deep in the end – they really wanted to win,” Binnie said.
The game was won in the last five minutes by a game-saving try to Ray Downie, while Joel Blanco made the conversion under extremely windy conditions.
Tigers' three points went to Ryan Douglas, two points to Ray Downie and one point to David Brice.
Reid Douglas and Brice, stepping up to A grade, performed well for the Tigers
Try scorers for the Tigers were Peter Harbord, Mitchell Wynn, Callum Dunbar, Downie, Warren Stevens and Andrew Klein, while conversions were made by Wynn, Blanco and Downie.
Scoring for the Dysart Bulls were Nick Webster, Phil Derksen, Mick Sale, Eddie Pearson and Logan Sullivan, while Derksen made five conversions.
Dysart will clash with the Peak Downs Pirates in this weekend's round, while the Tigers will come up against the Blackwater Crushers, in what Binnie was expecting to be a tough match.
“The Crushers are a pretty strong side and I'm expecting them to give us a good run for our money,” he said.
“Hopefully, we'll come out with the win.”
The Dysart Bulls could not be contacted for comment.
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