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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
The NSW Country Eagles’ outing to Simon Poidevin Oval in sunny Goulburn has been a successful one, overcoming the Sydney Rays 26-17.
The afternoon saw plenty of action from both sides, with both the Rays and the Eagles scoring a number of brilliant tries.
The home team opened up the scoring through winger Alex Gibbon, who crashed over in the corner for his side.
Visitors the Rays found themselves deep in enemy territory, but it was Josh Turner who finished it off after returning centre Irae Simone was denied a five pointer whilst mid-flight.
NSW Country then went for back-to-back scrums on the Rays’ five-metre line before big Sam Ward dived over for a try of his own. Scrumhalf Jake Gordon’s support play earned him a runaway try under the posts only a few minutes later.
While the Eagles headed into the sheds at the halftime mark leading the Rays 19-7, it was the visitors who came out firing in the second forty eager to turn the result around.
Enter Rays winger Latu Latunipulu, who brought his side within seven points of the hosts after bumping, shaking and fighting his way to within an outstretched arm of the try line.
It wasn’t long for the Eagles to rebut however, with centre Alex Newsome conjuring up an individual piece of brilliance to score under the sticks.
Both sides continued to threaten deep into the final minutes of the game, but it was the NSW Country Eagles who walked away 26-17 victors for their second win on the trot.
NSW Country Eagles 26 (Tries: A. Gibbon, S. Ward, J. Gordon, A. Newsome; Conversions: T. Adams 3; Yellow Card: S. Ward) defeated Sydney Rays 17 (Tries: J. Turner, L. Latunipulu, A. Sinclair; Cons: R. Saifoloi)
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