Tigers show guts to win thriller scratch match
EMERALD Tigers would have been hard pressed to sink much lower than how they started last weekend’s match-up with the Blackwater Crushers.
Staring down the barrel of their second season forfeit with barely enough players to field a side, the Tigers troops rallied, finishing with a flourish to touch up the Crushers to the tune of 24-22 at McIndoe Park.
With players called in from all ends of town and the unavoidable anomalies in player registration, the game was declared a scratch-match from the outset and no competition points awarded.
But with nothing to lose and everything to gain, in experience terms anyway, the Tigers composite team held the Emerald crowd on its feet from the get-go.
The late player influx caught many by surprise, not least Blackwater club president Brett Hansen who saw more Tigers players throwing on a jersey than he thought they had space on the interchange bench for.
“It finished up being a really good game – by the end of it they had players coming out of the woodwork,” he said.
Emerald youngsters Lloyd Stiegler and Whetu Austin both crossed over for Tigers tries. Joe Taylor also scored twice for Emerald.