Double success for Greater Northern Tigers 16s and 18s against Central Coast

On the attack: Inverell's Will McAuliffe, in action against Newcastle, was pulling the strings as the Greater Northern Tigers 18s posted their first win on Saturday.
On the attack: Inverell's Will McAuliffe, in action against Newcastle, was pulling the strings as the Greater Northern Tigers 18s posted their first win on Saturday.

Greater Northern found their roar at Aberdeen on Saturday with the Tigers 16s and 18s both winning their Country Championship Northern Pool clashes against the Central Coast Roosters.

The 16s got up 30-16 before the 18s ground out a 24-20 win, Alec Cocking crossing with just over 10 minutes remaining to put the Tigers in front. For both sides it was their first win after contrasting first round losses. The 16s were well-beaten by the Newcastle Rebels but bounced back well.

“They were a lot better this week.There was definitely a big pick-up in attitude,” coach Luke Taylor said.

Defensively they did some little things better, they took their opportunities better when they were presented and played better as a team.

Tytan Lord, Jack McAuliffe, Blake Trees, Aiden Partridge-Smith and Trent Taylor all found the tryline for the Tigers, who were best served by Taylor, Lord and Sam Wentworth. 

They struck first and led 18-6 at half-time before staving off a Roosters fightback early in the second half.

The 18s clawed their way back from six points down at half-time to get the win but Taylor felt not quite as sharp as they were against the Rebels.

“They just had some lapses throughout the game. But they’re a good side and they got the job done in the end,” he said. Cocking and Alek Hall were both good up front, while Max Altus was strong in the centres and Scott McIntyre injected some punch off the bench crossing twice.