By Ely Corliss
Another exciting weekend of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup is done and dusted with the Rams, Blues, Bulls and Sharks all logging round two victories.
Woden Valley Rams 40 d Yass Magpies 22
Woden Valley have gotten off to the perfect start for the 2022 season going two from two after defeating the Magpies by 18 points at Walker Park on Saturday afternoon.
It didn’t take long for the Rams to open the scoring with left centre Gideon Afemui crossing over untouched for the first try of the game in the 7th minute.
The Rams had the majority of the momentum in the first half until Yass hooker Jack Hartwig took it upon himself to bring his side back into the game, bullying his way out of dummy half to open the Magpies’ account for the afternoon.
Two late tries to end the first half put Woden Valley in a commanding position, going into halftime up 22-6.
Yass started the second half exactly the way they would have wanted, scoring back to back tries to bring them within four-points of the Rams with over 15 minutes remaining.
But it was all Woden Valley after that, with the Rams quickly running their total up to 40 points to secure the win.
Queanbeyan Blues 32 d Tuggeranong Bushrangers 20
Queanbeyan have bounced back from their round one disappointment, downing the Bushrangers by 12 points in an entertaining game at Seiffert Oval.
Both sides exchanged early tries from dummy half until Tuggeranong took the lead off a barnstorming line break from star front rower Zac Saddler, who scored under the black dot in the 25th minute.
The Blues hit back with another try out of dummy half only four minutes later to regain the lead 16-10 right on the stroke of halftime.
The Bushrangers were dealt an obstacle early on in the second half with Saddler being sent to the sin bin for a high shot. Queanbeyan capitalised against the 12-man side running in ten unanswered points to open their lead up to 16.
Tuggeranong looked like they were going to mount an impressive comeback but the Blues withstood their late barrage and sealed the win with a try in the 77th minute.
Goulburn City Bulldogs 48 d Gungahlin Bulls 16
The Goulburn City Bulldogs look the team to beat after recording back to back 24 plus point wins to start the Canberra Raiders Cup season.
The Bulldogs flew out the gates early, getting out to a 16-point lead in just as many minutes in-front of their home fans.
It took until the 26th minute for Gungahlin to register their first points, with the Bulls finding a gap in the Goulburn City defence to score and make it 16-6.
It wasn’t until the 53rd minute that Bulls scored their second of three tries, but the Bulldogs were already out to a dominant 26-point lead.
But a try after the siren really summed up the relentless nature of Goulburn City’s performance, capping off an impressive 32 point win.
Belconnen United Sharks 26 d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 10
The Belconnen United Sharks have handed the Kangaroos their second straight loss to start the year, defeating them by 16 points in Bruce.
A crafty grubber from five-eighth Matthew Woolnough through the Queanbeyan defensive line set up the Sharks opening the try in the 9th minute with David Williams jumping on the loose ball.
Belconnen United created two more tries down their right edge before halftime opening their lead up 14-0.
The Sharks started the second half the way they ended the first, with another well-placed grubber on the right hand side of the field setting up their fourth try of the match.
It took until the 52nd minute for the Queanbeyan Roos to score their first try off some first class service from hooker Lachlan Ingram.
Both sides exchanged tries to finish the match with the Kangaroos running half the field to score the final points in the 77th minute.