Mundubbera Tigers defeat Gayndah Gladiators in annual Citrus Cup

Citrus Cup goes home with Tigers

THE Mundubbera Tigers smashed the Gayndah Gladiators and claimed the Citrus Cup in Mundubbera on Saturday, in the most important game of the season for the teams.

The Gladiators started the game strong, scoring the first try of the game and leading at half-time 6-4.

Mundubbera came out fighting in the second half and managed to win 26-6.

Tigers coach Hugh Tully said he was happy with his team's performance.

"We got off to a slow start in the first half, there were far too many penalties, the intensity wasn't there and defensively we weren't moving in the line well enough," Tully said.

"At half-time we had a bit of chat and then they played like they should have been playing the whole game really.

"We were missing a few of our big guns, though everyone else stepped up and played well."

Gladiators coach Steve Littlefield he was impressed with how his team performed.

"It was a tough match, it was very competitive, which is good for the boys and is going to give them a big boost," Littlefield said.

"At the end of the game I've got to give all attributes to Mundubbera, they dug in the second half and a few bad calls went our way.

"We went there to win, the guys put in a solid effort for 40 minutes.

"I was even impressed with the second half, it could have blown out, but they stuck in there."

Mr Littlefield said he a lot of respect for how Gladiator's Scotty Griffith and Malcolm Lambell played.

"They both tried their hardest the whole 80 minutes," he said.

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