13 May 2023

Kangaroos bounce back in Round 3 of Group 9

| Glenn Pallister
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The Kangaroos muscled their way to a 20-4 win against the Bulls. Photo: Wagga Kangaroos.

The Wagga Kangaroos returned to the winners’ circle hosting cross-town rivals South City Bulls on a chilly Saturday afternoon last weekend at McDonalds Park.

Teenage debutant Noah Killeen bagged a double for the Roos to mark a memorable start to his first-grade career, ably assisted in attack by players’ player Jake Mascini, filling in at No. 1 while regular fullback Latrell Seigwalt was on rep duty with the Country boys.

Solid Roos defence kept the Bulls to only one try and saw the home team victorious 20-4. Meanwhile, at Nixon Park, Temora welcomed the winless reigning premiers Gundagai, who managed to hang on and notch their first win of 2023, knocking over the Dragons 28-24.

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In a tit-for-tat affair, it was the Tigers who kept their noses in front when it mattered, with Temora unable to maintain their winning run.

The Cherrypickers made it two from two when they blasted Albury off Greenfield Park with a 32-10 victory.

Showing no signs of the long road trip, Young winger Boro Navori notched a hat-trick to break the Thunders’ giant-killing start to the season. The win puts Young on top of the table before taking on second-placed Temora this Saturday.

It all wrapped up on Sunday when Tumut felt the brunt of the early winter snap while hosting Junee at Twickenham. It was the Diesels who were left out in the cold, though, as Tumut posted their first win of the season, knocking off the visitors 22-12 thanks to the Blues’ Mark Aitken being the second player of the round to grab a hat-trick of tries.

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