A stinkearly inthe match between Darlington Point-Coleambally and Griffith Waratah Tigersset the tone for the Group 20game at Darlington Point Sportsground on Saturday night.
The Roosters prevailed 34-18 in the fiery affair, which ignited soon after kick-off.
In the fourth minute, Roosters centre Dillon Bartter didn’t takekindly to a tackle and retaliated againsthis opposite number John Lolohea, earning himself 10 minutes in the bin.
Tigers prop Mike Ioapo entered the frayand copped a sin-binningwhile Lolohea was taken off with a suspected fractured eye socket.
When the teams got down to playing footy, the wet weather didn’t hinder Waratahs, whosped to a 14-0 lead.
The niggle in the game continued, with penalties and mistakes happening regularly astensions threatened to boil over.
A string of penalties late in the second half resulted in Roosters captain Ryan McGoldrick being sin-binned after tackling a player from an offside position.
DPCpegged a couple of tries back,butWaratahsstill tooka 14-10 leadgoing into the break.
As thegame wore on it became evident that whoever could overcome the conditions would take away the victory.
A combination of injuries and handling errors hindered the Waratahs.The Roosterswere a lot safer withball in hand and ran away to earn the win andJack Carroll Cup.
McGoldrick said the tension in the match stemmed from the amount of errors and penalties in the contest.
“It was the first game of the year and that stuff tends to happen a bit,” hesaid.
“Hopefully they got it out of their system.
“In the second half there wasn’t as much niggle and everyone settled down and played footy.That’s what should happen and Ithought the second half was a lot better game of footy.”
McGoldrick said ball control was key on the day and that the scoreline didn’t reflect the type of match that was played.
“Especially in these conditions, it’s about completions and holding the ball.At the start of the game they had a lot more ball than us, but that turned around,” he said.
“The score flattered us a bit.There probably wasn’t that many points between both of us.”
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