Tigers maul the Gladiators
A LITANY of errors and mistakes have cost the Gayndah Gladiators dearly in their home clash with the Mundubbera Tigers during round 9 of the Central Burnett Rugby League at the weekend.
The Gladiators played well with minimal errors for the first 20 minutes of the game, before the Tigers crossed the try line through Vaiola Kivalu in the 21st minute, with Kivalu then converting his own try to leave the score at 6-nil in favour of the visitors.
Seven minutes later, Bert Beezley scored a try for Mundubbera, before Kivalu again converted to leave the score at 12-nil in favour of the Tigers heading into the half-time break.
While the half-time siren brought a reprieve for the Gladiators, the onslaught continued in earnest immediately after the break, when Tiger Mason Ward crossed the line just one minute in to the new half, and the ever-reliable Kivalu converted once more to see Mundubbera run away to an 18-nil lead.
However, after 14 minutes played in the second half, Gayndah put their first points on the board through Callan Trott, with the try being dutifully converted by Zac Dan to see scores at 18-6.
The next few minutes saw Bobido Lohia and Benjamin Kenny cross for the Tigers and Gladiators respectively, before Lupeni Hederic Hiki Fo'ou'aho scored a try which was converted by Kivalu for a 28-10 lead.
Gayndah pulled a try back through Zac Dan with 9 minutes to go, before Lohia crossed again for the Tigers in the 32nd minute of the half, putting the final nail in the Gladiators' coffin.
Gladiators coach Dave Madden was blunt in his assessment of what cost his team the game.
"We killed ourselves,” said Madden.
"Just too many errors, we can't win without the football, and we can't win without tackles,” he said.
Despite the bluntness of his remark, Madden followed up saying the first 20 minutes of the game were well played by his side.
"We were on top for the first bit because we did what we trained to do, and we kept the errors to a minimum,” he said.
Madden also said that despite the errors, he was pleased with how his relatively inexperienced side had performed against the higher-ranked Mundubbera.
"I am happy, we played a team that's got great players in every single position, and we just do our best with so many first-time players, for about 7 players this is their first year, and so with what we've got, we're doing good,” he said.