Group 19 rugby league: Guyra and Uralla to battle

GALLANT EFFORT: Spudettes player Tamarla Smith is tagged by Walcha's Shae Partridge in the league tag game on Saturday.
GALLANT EFFORT: Spudettes player Tamarla Smith is tagged by Walcha's Shae Partridge in the league tag game on Saturday.

The Guyra Super Spuds are gearing up for a top-of-the-table clash with the Uralla Tigers for the last round of the Group 19 second division season. 

A win will see the Spuds book a spot in the major semi-final on August 18 while a loss will see them remain in third place and host the minor semi-final on August 11. 

The Spuds enter the encounter in form after delivering a drubbing to winless Walcha in their last home game and ladies day. 

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Guyra started slowly, allowing Walcha to post the first points before eventually running away with the game 60-10. 

“We come out of the blokes a bit scrappy,” player-coach Anthony Dittman said.

“Our discipline and ball control did us no favours in the first-half, we were making it hard for ourselves or though there were some very good patches.

“We re-grouped at half-time and spoke about what we had to do in the second-half. We came out a different side and started to play some good footy.

“Coming off the bye we lacked a bit of game fitness but we still scrambled pretty well.”

The round 16 encounter with Uralla is shaping up to be the match of the round with the Spuds in-form and a Tigers side who haven’t missed a beat at home this season. 

It will be a battle across the park with Guyra’s muscle men in the middle facing Uralla’s agile pack while both teams boast slick outside backs.

Dittman said his side are preparing for a “tough” battle against the ladder leaders. 

“Both have a similar team – good forwards to set the guts and have the backs to finish it off,” he said. 

“We haven’t changed our preparations. Training has been good, still lacking in numbers at times but hopefully we will have a good training session on Thursday.

“The boys are keen to rip in come Saturday. We know the potential we have we just need to bring it to the paddock.”

Guyra 60 (Corey Torrens 2, Dan Vidler 2, Liva Sili 2, Ben Vidler, Jayden Field, Randy Mulligan, Brock Laybutt tries; Ben Vidler 8 goals) def Walcha 10 (Jack McAlister, Max Abraham tries; Dean Kelly goal)

In the league tag, the Spudettes faced the second-placed Walcha Jillaroos bound for semi-finals.

After the Walcha side led 16-nil at half-time they ran away with a 34-nil win.

Guyra play the Uralla Tigers this Saturday who have only suffered one loss this year.

While the Spudettes will miss out on a finals berth, the side can hold their heads high with their opponents applauding their sportsmanship throughout the season. 

Walcha 34 (Shae Partridge 3, Katelyn Smith 3, Bonnie Brown tries; Bonnie Smith 3 goals) def Guyra 0.