Warriors Sunk By Pirates

11-07-2018 by admin

The Dungog Warriors travelled to Carrington on Saturday to take onthe competition front runners and came away realising how much work they need to do to be a force in this years title race going down 54 – 16.

The Warriors certainly had a dig but when your completitionrate is at52 per centcompared to your opponents 80 per centyou are going to struggle to wingames no matter who you play.

A dropped ball in the 1st set of the game from Dungog gave the Piratesa chance and they opened the scoring with a try in the corner beforesupporters had managed to get comfortable in their seats.

Carringtonlooked like extending its lead only for Warrior swinger Aaron Cottam torun down his opponent in a 70 metre chase. From the play the ball adropped ball had Cottam heading in the other direction and race 80metres to score in a remarkable effort.

Unfortunately the Warriorscontinued to turn over possession and 3 tries and 2 conversions laterhad Carrington doing it comfortably leading 20-4 midway through the1st half. It was the next 20 minutes that the Warriors played its bestfootball of the game starting with Guy Russell finishing off a goodbackline move to cross in the corner for his 1st try for the Warriors.

When Dave Seers went over just before halftime after a great ball fromhooker Daniel Bates and Lee Nevin converting both tries Dungog hadput themselves back in the game trailing 20-16.

Another poor start by Dungog in the 2nd half allowed the Pirates toextend its lead with a try inside the first 3 minutes and when theHooker scored his 2nd 50 metre try of the game from dummy halfCarrington lead 30-16 with still 30minutes to go. Dungog tried valiantlyto get themselves back in the game and looked close to scoring acouple of times but could not find their way across the stripe.

With 20to go Dungog could be reasonably happy with its performance againstthe top side and with a host of players unavailable they were certainlygiving a good account of themselves. Unfortunately ill discipline andbickering amongthemselves undid all of the positive work that hadtaken place in the previous 60 minutes.

Dungog found themselvesdown to 12 men when Jackson Bell was sent to the sin bin and only had11 a short time later when a fellow team mate Luke Rits joined him.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse they were left with 10men when Aaron Cottam was sent from the field. Needless to say thePirates had a field day running in a further 4 converted tries to take thefinal score to 54-16.

Overall a disappointing finish by the Warriors and hopefully it was a one off and everyone turns up next week and givethe match officials and their team mates the respect they deserve.

Carrington 54 10 tries 7 goals

Dungog 16 A Cottam , G Russell, D Seers tries L Nevin 2 goals

RSL Best Forward Brad Smith, RSL Best Back Hayden Mitchell, PlayersPlayer Daniel Bates

Next Weekend Dungog take on East Maitland on Sunday at BennettPark at 2.30 so come along and watch the Warriors bounce back with awin against the Griffins

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