Group 19 rugby league: Uralla's league tag team rack up a big win

A hat-trick to speedster Sophie Barraclough sealed the Uralla Tigers league taggers’ 11th-straight victory in the Group 19 second division competition. 

Barraclough finished with three tries and topped the best and fairest points as Uralla racked up 44 points to Warialda’s six in a first versus third battle. 

After a scrappy contest against Ashford the week before, coach Kerry Brett said his side “clicked more in attack” but there were still too many mistakes in their game. 

“Even with the 44-6 scoreline, we turned over the ball too many times,” he said. 

“We have got to cut that out of the game, it is probably our biggest let down at the moment – mistakes and penalties. 

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“We cut down the penalties the last game, a lot of off-side penalties the game before but we cut that out in last weekend's game but we just have to cut out those handling mistakes which I think we will.”

The errors didn’t prove too costly though, with the side’s defence holding strong. 

Brett said while their defence was good, they can’t afford to keep making the simple mistakes. 

“There was probably a period of five, maybe six minutes where we had the ball for one tag,” he said. 

“We held them out so that was pleasing. 

“If we do that, say against Walcha, it is probably going to be a different result. 

“The next few weeks we are just reinforcing what we have been doing and preparing for the finals.”

While their coming opponents are a slim chance of making the finals, Brett’s side is wary of facing Tenterfield at home. 

“We are still focusing on what we have got to do better but we are aware Tenterfield will be out for a win, particularly at home they will be tough,” he said. 

“This week we will be working on defence a bit and just a few things we have to improve on, particularly when we meet Walcha again.”