Tamworth took a slightly under strength side to Gunnedah to take on the Red Devils at Gunnedah Rugby Park. Conditions proved to be good for running rugby with the sun shining for the Red Devils ladies day.
Tamworth got off to a shaky start letting the Red Devils run in a couple of tries early through poor defense and missed tackles. Gunnedah’s outside center proved to be the Magpies biggest task, running in 4 tries during the match.
Gunnedah showed their talent pressuring the Tamworth attack, turning over ball and captialising on mistakes.
The Magpies banded together to salvage some pride and put together a good string of phases to keep the Red Devils on their own line. The dam waters finally broke when number 8 Jack barker crashed over in the last play of the game.
Tamworth finished a hard day out going down to Gunnedah 50 – 5.
Tamworth travelled to Gunnedah for this third-round match, both teams have been going well and a close match was expected. Tamworth began slowly and Gunnedah dominated possession and territory to open the scoring out wide 0-5. Almost from the kick off they were back on the attack and were rewarded with a penalty goal 0-8.
Finally, some ball and field position allowed Tamworth to get on the board with a strong burst from a tap near the line and Michael Pearce crashed over wide out for an unconverted try. 5-8.
Scrapping play and an inability to maintain the ball at the breakdown hampered the Tamworth backline who looked dangerous with a limited supply of ball.
Gunnedah almost scored under the posts before a quick-thinking Kieran McHugh stole the ball on his own tryline and ran 50 metres before passing to Blake Clout who scored under the sticks for Adam Penman to convert.12-8.
Gunnedah replied with a try soon after from close range 12-13.
Adam Penman then burst through the defence and ran 25 metres to score a good individual try to make the half time score 17-13. Half time failed to inject the urgency which the Magpies were lacking and they let in a soft try with basic errors 17-18.
The match settled into a war of attrition until a penalty goal kicked the reds out to 17-21.
Tamworth still looked like snatching the result especially when centres Isaac Woodbury and Charles Sherwood had the ball, but they were pinned in their half for a long period.
Finally, Gunnedah scored a converted try from hard forward work. 17 – 28
Scorers Michael Pearce, Blake Clout and Adam Penman tries Adam Penman conv.
Best and fairest 3 Charles Sherwood 2 Isaac Woodbury 1 Kieran McHugh and Adam Penman