CAMPBELLTOWN Eagles started the 2013 season where they left off last year — with another victory to maintain their undefeated status.
The Eagles defeated Campbelltown City Kangaroos 30-10 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday in the Group 6 first grade rugby league season opener.
It took only four minutes for the Eagles to score their first try of the season.
Great defensive play from both teams followed, ensuring it would be a close game.
Leading 12-6 at the break, the Eagles started to gather momentum and capitalised when Kangaroos’ captain-coach Drew Dalton was sent to the sin-bin for dissent and piled on more points to secure victory.
Eagles coach Richard Barnes said he was not surprised by the tough game in the opening round.
“We bombed a few tries near the line with some high-risk plays that just didn’t come off,” Barnes said.
“That was a bit frustrating but I’m happy with the result and their overall effort. It blew out some of the cobwebs and we will improve on this effort.”
Barnes named Fred Tevega and Jarryd Eggleton as the best players for the Eagles.
Eagles tries went to Ben Baker, Fillipo Sauvao, Craig Moustakas, Tenisio Ahovelo, Fred Tevega and Sean Connor. Chris Williamson and Anthony Dalton scored for the Kangaroos.
■In other games:
First grade: Oakdale 60 defeated The Oaks 12, Mittagong 34 d Moss Vale 16, Picton 16 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 12, Narellan 30 d Camden 24.
Reserve grade: Campbelltown Eagles 54 d Campbelltown Kangaroos 20, Mittagong 56 d Moss Vale 10, Camden 20 d Narellan 16, Oakdale 50 d The Oaks 12, Picton 20 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 6.
U18: Campbelltown Eagles 28 d Campbelltown Kangaroos 26, Narellan Jets 46 d The Oaks Tigers 6, Picton 28 d Thirlmere/Tahmoor 16, Mittagong 34 d Moss Vale 16.
First grade teams will have a break over Easter and will resume on April 7.
Fixtures: Oakdale host Picton at Sid Sharpe Memorial Oval, Narellan against Mittagong at Narellan Sportsground, Campbelltown City Kangaroos host Moss Vale at Fullwood Reserve, Camden at against The Oaks at Kirkham Park and Thirlmere/Tahmoor host Campbelltown Eagles at Thirlmere Sportsground.
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