When top sides collide...
CLERMONT Bears have snuck home for a 35-28 win over Blackwater Crushers in Emerald at the weekend.
A lightweight Clermont pack probably didn’t know what hit it in the opening minutes as Blackwater hit the defensive line hard in the opening minutes.
Clermont rallied with great goal-line defence pulling Crushers up short on a number of occasions.
The Crushers’ knock-on granted Clermont repeated sets and two more tries, including one off a slick backline play putting Bears winger Dan Clancey over in the corner.
A tough, touch-line conversion had the scores locked up 18-18 at half-time.
The scores were level again 24-all 12 minutes into the second half as Clermont put on the afterburners with a try-double to lock Jarrod Williams.
“I’m really impressed with how the boys played,” said Clermont coach Clayton Humphreys.
“We’ve been building on our defence to turn our games around and tonight I think that really showed.”
Blackwater coach John Munns said it was the simple things his players didn’t execute right which gave the Bears the slip.
“Too many mistakes, too many missed tackles – we didn’t play sensible footy,” he said.
Jared Williams was awarded Clermont’s players’ player honours.