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Tiger combine overpower Windsor

September 9 2012

by Jodie Newell

Balmain Ryde Eastwood have provided the first upset of the VB NSW Cup finals series by comprehensively defeating the Windsor Wolves on Saturday at Belmore Oval.

The first elimination final was expected to go the way of the Wolves, but Balmain proved all the pundits wrong with a stellar finals performance.

The game began well for Windsor who looked switched on. They gained two extra sets of tackles, plus a handy penalty and immediately cashed in on their solid work. Windsor got the first points on the board via an Adam Docker try, with Craig Trindall converting successfully, 6-0 Wolves.

Balmain were able to answer shortly, thanks to a woeful kick out of bounds by the Wolves which gave the Tigers excellent field position.

Tiger Jy Hitchcox stormed to an outside corner and found his sides first try of the game. Skipper Sean Meaney made no mistake with a beautifully taken conversion and the score was locked up at 6-6.

One thing which could be said about Sean Meaney’s game was that he remained thoroughly focussed. During several games this year, Meaney has argued with referees and appeared distracted. There was no such behavior displayed with an excellent captains game from Meaney.

Both teams went back and forth on the field with several sets before Balmain broke the deadlock with Tim Simona taking off on a blistering run up the midfield and scoring. This set setting up an easy conversion chance for Sean meaney and he made no mistake. Tigers 12-6.

Windsor nearly countered with a try, with Travis Robinson breaking free, before being stopped just short of the tryline. Balmain defended grimly and dodged a scoring bullet.

The Tigers muscled their way downfield with Sean Meaney breaking several tackles to score again and convert, increasing their lead  out to 12 points. Tigers 18 Wolves 6

The Wolves were rattled by the quick play at the ball from the TIgers who ran hard towards the middle of the Wolves defense and gained valuable meters. Balmain got into another scoring position thanks to a lack lustre penalty. Josh Davis made great use of the opportunity and scored. Meaney again converted with the Tigers all over the Windsor Wolves at the break.24-6

Windsor tried hard to get back into the game, but couldn't break a determined, steely Balmain defense.

The play that broke the game for Windsor came when Malakai Watene made a handling error which saw Josh Davis get his second try of the game, Meaney missed the conversion and the game was all but sown up for the Tigers 28-6.

Minutes later Jarred Farlow completely shut the Wolves out, scoring a try, Meaney converting and that’s how the score ended at 32-6.

It was an outstanding performance by Balmain who totally outclassed a very disappointing Windsor. The Tigers now go on to play

Wentworthville next week at Leichhardt Oval. Whilst for Windsor, their season is over and will be disappointed in how the year ended after showing such promise throughout the season.

Windsor Wolves Shane Shackleton (with ball) was given no quarter by the Balmain defense.

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Final score:  Balmain Ryde Eastwood 32 defeated Windsor 6

Tries Tigers: J Davis 2, T Simona, J Farlow, J Hitchcox, S Meaney

Tries Wolves: A Docker

Conversions Tigers:  S Meaney 4

Conversions Wolves:  C Trindall

Referee: Jon Stone

Touch Judges :  Brenden Wood  Jay Farlow

In-goal Judges :  Richard Daizli John Woods

At Belmore Sports ground