The Tigers battled their way through the warriors.
The Tigers battled their way through the warriors. Philippe Coquerand

Tigers stalking premiership

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mundubbera Tigers proved they were contenders for the premiership with a 54-24 clawing of the Biggenden Warriors at the weekend.

Coming off back to back wins, the Tigers' defence was unstoppable, even though they were missing a few of their key players.

Life member for the Mundubbera Tigers Gavin Ford said both teams played well.

"The Warriors have significantly improved with the inclusion of some PNG seasonal workers that definitely lifted the team's spirits up,” Ford said.

"For the Tigers, they played well, and it was good to see the team blending together and communicating with each other.”

The Warriors coach Steve Jackson believes they still have some improving left to do after a few missed tries and some defensive errors.

"We definitely improved this week but I feel as though we're now at stage one all over again as we have new players in the team,” Jackson said.

"We have eight new players in the side and nobody knows each other which makes it a bit hard to play well. (Having said that), it wasn't a bad loss we had.”

Jackson said they still have time to put themselves in the running for the premiership.

"Definitely, but we've just got to communicate a bit more and work on our defence,” Jackson said.

"We're still in for contention for the grand final.

"It's a huge bonus having players from the packing shed play in our team as the older players feel a bit worn out, so the younger players give us a lift.”

This week the team will be working on communication, Jackson said.

"We've got a few things to work on including defence, attacking and ball control,” he said.

"If we finish the year off better than we started, that's a huge plus.”


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