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MATCH REPORT. JERSEY FLEGG ?V- BALMAIN TIGERS ROUND 15 17 JUNE 2005.
The Jersey Flegg team was at home to Balmain Tigers, however the Magpies took the field without the services of hard running prop forward Ben Weir who had been promoted to the Premier League and Dean Rysko who withdrew from the side due to injury.
The Tigers were sitting behind the Magpies on the competition ladder, but they did not play as if they were the underdogs. They were enthusiastic from the kick off they went straight on the attack, resulting in an early 6 ? 0 lead. The Magpies hit back in the 12th minute with a try to Brett Ryan, who was making his return to the team after a lengthy injury break.
Both teams had their opportunities with the Tigers being the ones to capitalize with two further tries in the closing stages of the half, taking them to a 16 - 4 lead at the break.
The second half saw the Tigers continue from where they left off and it wasn?t long before they scored a converted try, increasing their lead to 22 ? 4. The Magpies seemed to loose direction during the early stages of the second half, however when big centre Warren Williams scored in the 24th minute after an incisive 15 metre run, the lead was reduced to 22 ? 10.
The Magpies came home with a wet sail, scoring again in the 30th minute reducing the Tigers lead to just six points. The boys almost leveled the score right on full time, however what looked to be a try, was ruled as a knock on by the referee. The final score was 22 ? 16 in favor of the Tigers.
Best for the Magpies ? Peter Mannion, Warren Williams, Bart Masters and Brett Ryan.
Scorers for the Magpies ? Brett Ryan 1 try, Shannon Gallant 1 try and Warren Williams 1 try and two goals.
The Magpies have a bye in round 16.