The Redbacks fought out a well deserved victory against the Jindabyne Bush Pigs on Saturday afternoon.
This was their first win of the season, and a fantastic confidence booster as we enter the back end of the season and prepare for next year’s campaign.
The under strength Bush Pigs, started the strong. The Redbacks didn’t cope with Jindabyne’s speedy backline, and were looking at 14-0 lag after only 15 minutes. While the Redbacks scrum dominated Jindabyne continued to find holes in the Redbacks’ defensive line, and where rewarded with a couple more tries shooting out to a 24-0 lead.
The only bright spot in the first half for the Redbacks came on the half time whistle, with powerhouse hooker Luke Cumming muscling himself over for a try on the back of some great Redbacks attacking play. The try was converted by Tommy Watson taking the score into half time 24-7 to the Bush Pigs.
After a half time drilling by coach George Sherriff, the Redbacks came out after the break a totally different side and soon posted first points with a try to Tommy Watson. The Redbacks continued to dominate in the scrum with the forwards slowly taking control of the game through continual barrages up the middle of the paddock led by Tim Moffit, Luke Cumming and Cade Graf.
Sam Northcott soon crossed over on the wing which was converted by Watson taking the score to 24-19. After a clearing kick from Ben Howard, and a Jindabyne mistake on the clean up, centre Will Hall picked up a stray ball and ran 50 metres to score, converted by Watson, putting Braidwood in the lead 26-24.
In the unusual position of defending a lead late in the game Braidwood became somewhat undisciplined, giving away a number of 10 metre penalties and raising the stress levels of the management team and supporters. Sanity eventually prevailed and Will Northcott crossed for his second try taking the score to 31-24.
Tom Watson then converted a penalty in the last 5 minutes effectively closing the game out 34-24 and a historic win for the Redbacks.
Players Player went to Tim Moffit. Best and Fairest, Tim Moffit 3 points, Luke Cumming 2 points, Cade Graf 1 point. The Redbacks would like to thank Craig Coe for taking up the strapping duties this week in the absence of assistant coach Nick Kemp who returns for this week’s home game against Yass.