With one Canberra sides season coming to close at the weekend another’s looks to be heating up as they get their season off to a great start while the Australian Kangaroos were able to get back to the winners circle at the weekend as well.
VIKINGS OUT OF THE NRC TITLE CHASE
The Canberra Vikings have fallen short in their bid to make a second consecutive NRC final as the were beaten by Fijian Drua 35-28 on Saturday. In conditions similar to their match against Brisbane City the week before, both teams ended with five tries however the Vikings kicking game was off in the conditions only landing one penalty goal. It seemed to all be going the Vikings way in the first half with tries to Andy Muirhead, Lausii Taliauli and Rob Valetini giving the Vikings a 18-7 halftime lead. The Viking kick off the second half like they finished the first with Tom Banks scoring but then it was all Fiji after that as they scored the next three tries and also were awarded a penalty try to jump out to 35-23. The Vikings were able to score the final try, by that stage however it too late and Fijian Drua were through to their first NRC final.
KANGAROOS DOWN TONGA
In their final Rugby League International for the year the Australian Kangaroos have defeated Tonga 34-16, rebounding from last weeks loss to the New Zealand. The Kangaroos got off to a start similar to the one a week before as Daly Cherry Evans was able to score off a Tonga mistake before James Tedesco cut through the defensive line and put Ton Trbojevic in to score. Tonga were able to score to make it 12-6 as Tevita Pangai Jr crossed after running into a massive gap. Tonga’s good work was soon undone when Andrew Fifita dropped the ball off the kick return, then a loose pass was picked up by the Kangaroos. Valentine Holmes was able to score next, Trbojevic then went over for his second with some lovely ball movement from the Kangaroos right edge and giving the Kangaroos an 18-point lead. Tonga showed their skills as well after some great passing lead to a Daniel Tupou. Again all of Tonga’s good work was undone as Pangai Jr made contact with Valentine Holmes’ head and giving the Kangaroos a chance for an eight point try. Holmes missed the first conversion but was able to kick the next one giving them a 30-10 halftime lead. The Tongans started the second half on fire peppering the Kangaroos line with some amazing displays of attack but fell short a couple of time before their persistence paid off and Solomone Kata crossed for the first try of the second half. Despite conceding an early try Kangaroos fullback James Tedesco crossed for the final try of the game giving the Kangaroos the much needed win.
UC CAPITALS GO 3-0
The University of Canberra Capitals have gotten off to a flying start to the WNBL after they defeated the Melbourne Boomers last Friday 72-65 before defeating the Adelaide Lightning 79-75 in their first home game on Sunday. Kelsey Griffin was the star in both games for the Capitals scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Boomers as well as notching 21 points and 8 rebounds with Kia Nurse also starring with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Capitals will be looking to continue their winning ways when they take on the Melbourne Boomers once again in Canberra on Friday night.
Thanks again for giving up your time to read this weekends sports wrap and I hope no matter what sport you’re into, your team was able to get the win. See you all next week.