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Warriors woes continue with another loss

James Dinnan, Aaron Locke and Fletcher Celand wrap up and East Maitland player. See photo gallery for more action photos.The Dungog Warriors have continued their disastrous start to the 2012 rugby league season with a 32 to 12 defeat by East Maitland at Bennett Park on Saturday.
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Not even the presence of league legend Allan Langer who presented the Warriors players with their jumpers could lift Dungog, who followed the previous week’s trend of being in control of the game early before letting it slip away with poor handling, lacklustre attack and lazy defence.

Despite having six regular players missing from the line up, it was Dungog who had the better of the opening exchanges, with good ball handling, spirited running and strong defence having East Maitland on the back foot from the start.

Teejay Hoch capitalised on the early pressure when he ran onto a good Lee Nevin pass from a scrum win to score the first points of the day. Lee Nevin converted and Dungog led by 6 to 0.

The Warriors were causing East Maitland’s defence plenty of problems with their well executed play, but as has been in previous weeks, the finishing and option selection near the line was poor and ultimately let them down badly.

A series of errors gave East Maitland opportunities near Dungog’s line which they capitalised on by scoring two tries in quick succession and give them a half time lead of 10 to 6.

The Warriors started well in the second half, but as has been all season, they were unable to convert this advantage into points.

Some basic ball handling errors put East Maitland on the attack and they made good use of their opportunities scoring a converted try from dummy half before following up with another four pointer soon after to stretch their lead to 20 to 6.

By this stage Dungog’s ball handling was atrocious and this combined with lazy and ineffective defence allowed the fair East Maitland side to cut the Warriors to ribbons.

Another try to the visitors after a kick near the line gave them a 24 to 6 lead before a Jake Clifton intercept stemmed another attacking raid, with the ensuring play leading to a try to centre Jimmy Dinnan who received a good pass from Fletcher Celand.

Lee Nevin converted and with 10 minutes remaining the Warriors still had time to mount a comeback.

But the Dungog defence had other ideas and had already packed up, showered and headed to the RSL sports night, with East Maitland running at will and notching up a further two tries to reach the final score of 32 to 12.

The final score could have looked a lot worse for the Warriors only for some wayward goal kicking.

Overall it was a disappointing result for Dungog in a game they could have easily won, but they are ultimately paying a hefty price for an ineffective attack.

Best for Dungog were Lee Nevin, Mark Blandford and Teejay Hoch in the backs, while Aaron Locke, Corey Skinner and Dan Rumbel toiled hard in the forwards.

This week Dungog is on the road to Dora Creek on Saturday at 3pm with a free bus leaving the RSL Club for supporters and players at 12 noon.

Finally hearty congratulations to RSL Manager Marc Eisenhower for his organisation of the Sportsman Dinner featuring Allan Langer and Allan Robinson which was a raging success.

East Maitland 32: 7 tries, 2 goals

Dungog 12: Teejay Hoch, Jimmy Dinnan tries; Lee Nevin 2 goals

Dungog RSL best back and players’ player Lee Nevin, RSL best forward Aaron Locke and Ray’s reserve Jimmy Dinnan.

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