On a wintry and windy Saturday, the Bombala RSL Club Bluetongues took to the field at Delegate to take on their nemesis, the Batemans Bay Boars.
With a full side and some new young players the Blues played well from set plays and refused to let the Boars have any possession, and therefore position.
From a set play only 20 metres out, the Blues number 10, Chris “Stan” Anderson, stepped through and scored which was not converted.
Strong runs and good support play did not let the opposition dictate the game.
Another great run from second-rower Brett Hodak saw an offload that All-Black Sonny Bill would be proud of allow Anderson to cross for his second try.
The try was successfully converted by halfback Dane Cotterill.
A penalty was slotted over before half time giving the home side a 15-0 lead.
The Bluetongues started the half well but as their defence tired in the last quarter the Boars really got stuck in and were able to cross for two tries, one converted making the score only 15-12 with a few minutes to go.
A scrum with their feed in the Blues’ 22 placed the forwards under huge pressure, but they won the tighthead and kicked the ball out.
Three points went to Anderson, two to Sam Caldwell and one point was shared with Andrew “Rudders” Rutherford and Girvo who played a very solid 80 minutes of rugby.
Player’s player went to Caldwell with the Commitment Cup going to Delegate local John “Cutlets” Guthrie, who went well as flanker and made a game saving tackle right on the Bluetongues’ line.
A huge celebration was held at Payto’s Pub into the early hours.
This Saturday sees the Bluetongues in action for their Bombala home game.
The boys will kick off at 3pm against Milton so head along and support your team.