The Tuggeranong Vikings kept their unbeaten record in 2014 intact with a 39-3 demolition of Uni-Norths at Viking Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Vikings put on a stellar display of attacking rugby to claim their eleventh straight victory of the season. The reigning John I Dent Cup champions were made to work hard for the result, however, with a stubborn Uni-Norths outfit making a real contest of the round 12 fixture during the first 40 minutes.
The Vikings were kept at bay for most of the first stanza and they entered half-time leading 10-3 after managing just the one try. But Tuggeranong flexed their muscle after the break and went on to score 29 unanswered points on their way to the 36-point victory.
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In other round 12 John I Dent Cup fixtures, Queanbeyan consolidated second place on the ladder with a controversial 18-10 victory over Royals at Campese Field, while Gungahlin easily overcame Easts 46-8 at Gungahlin Enclosed.
Cooma Tigers continued their charge up the National Premier League: Capital Football table with a priceless 3-2 victory over Canberra FC at Deakin Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Goran Josifovski netted his second goal of the match when he headed home a Stephen Domenici cross six minutes from time to secure his side the valuable competition points. The victory moves Cooma to within striking distance of Belconnen United at the top of the competition table.
Domenici gave the Tigers a perfect start when he opened the scoring in just the second minute of the game. The lead was short-lived though, with Alex Oloriegbe equalising for the hosts nine minutes later.
FC then hit the lead courtesy of a second Oloriegbe goal, but Josifovski put Cooma back on level terms just before the half-time with a tap-in from close range. The talisman then notched his second goal of the match – and eighth of the campaign – in the 84th minute to seal the result.
The defeat was FC’s second of the week, with the reigning league champions having lost 3-2 to Belconnen United in Wednesday night’s Federation Cup final.
In other NPL action, a 90th minute equaliser from Daniel Barac ensured Canberra Olympic and Monaro Panthers split the points in their 1-1 draw at Hawker Football Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The Queanbeyan Blues erased the pain of last year’s grand final loss to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos with a 30-24 victory over their cross-town rival on Saturday afternoon.
Blues centre Tom Ruediger scored two tries – including the match-winner with 10 minutes remaining – and was devastating in the grand final re-match. The former Australian Sevens star led from the front as the Blues fought back from 18-4 down to record the memorable victory and claim an outright lead at the top of the Canberra Raiders Cup ladder.
In other Canberra Raiders Cup action, Woden Valley Rams recorded a 33-18 victory over Tuggeranong Bushrangers, West Belconnen Warriors easily dispatched Gungahlin Bulls 42-24 and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs cruised past Belconnen United Scholars 48-18.