After a big loss last weekend, the Oberon Tigers have come back strong with a 34-6 win over the Lithgow Workies on Sunday.
The visitors ran in eight tries against the Wolves for a comfortable win but their inability to convert kept the score from being much higher at Tony Luchetti Oval.
The first five minutes of the game had high drama as Workies second rower Ryan Jervis went down hard on his ankle and had to be carried off.
“He has gone to hospital for some X-rays so hopefully he will be alright,” Lithgow Workies coach Graeme Osborne said.
The first try of the match wasn’t until the 19th minute when Oberon left winger Josh Rivett found open space.
The Tigers managed to keep up momentum as Tyler Hughes went over in the 25th minute and Tui Olaopu scored his first try of the game in the 35th minute.
The drama then continued to unfold in the last minute of the half when Wolves player Darey Allan was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes due to tackling a player already on the ground.
“The first half was very, very disappointing, I thought the first half was a replica of last week but the second half showed what a good side we can be,” Oberon Captain-coach Luke Branighan said.
Oberon started strong once more in the second half with right winger Olaopu scored his second try of the game in the 43rd minute, followed by tries from Abel Lefaose and Lochie Gilmour.
Wolves finally picked up their game as front rower Nick Miller was able to find space in the tight Tigers defence. Sam Rut was able to convert the goal taking the score to 16-6.
“We knew Oberon were going to be tough coming off a big loss last week,” Osborne said.
After a kick and chase Oberon’s hooker Blake FitzPatrick was able to score under the post in the 56th minute and Ben McAlpine was able to convert his only goal of the match.
“We had good performances from Abel Lefaoseu, Jackson Brian and Blake FitzPatrick, but everyone had a good second half,” Branighan said.
The tigers were reduced 12 men as Olaopu was sent to the sin bin for kneeing a Wolves player in the nose as he ran past in a tackle.
“What a sook,” Olaopu could be heard to say as he left the field.
Attacking Lithgow’s weak defensive position, right centre Abel Lefaoseu was able to score right on the siren to take Oberon’s final score to 34-6 at full time.
“We are a long way off the top sides, if we want to beat them we are going to have to improve about 80 percent,” Branighan said.
While Lithgow coach Graeme Osborne also said that they have much to work on if they wish to improve.
“Just the combinations, we’re probably lacking a bit of direction there, and just their execution which is fundamental, we’re still handing over too many easy balls,” he said.
The windy conditions also played a large factor in the game and didn’t make it easy for either side.
“Given the conditions its a bit disappointing, but the conditions were the same for both sides I suppose, so Oberon just used that to their advantage,” Osborne said.
“We ran into a wind in the second half and I feared that Lithgow might over power us but our attitude was really good and we put the game away in the second half. It was a game of two halves for us really,” Branighan said.
The Workies managed multiple wins against Oberon with the under 18’s taking a 36-10 win, while the league tag girls won 22-6 after last weeks loss and the reserve grade managed a comfortable win 46-10.