A lack of commitment in defence has led to a Mother’s Day massacre of the Dungog Warriors at the hands of Woodberry by 50 points to 20 at Bennett Park on Sunday.
After trailing by 22 to 4 in the first half, the Warriors reduced the deficit to two points early in the second half before hoisting the white flag and conceding 28 unanswered points to remain winless for the 2012 season.
The Warriors defence could have turned boosted the club’s coffers had coin slots been installed on the players arms as the Woodberry forwards continually advanced unimpeded through the feeble Dungog line.
After Woodberry had tallied up 16 points in the opening eight minutes of the match, the Dungog side finally kicked into gear with Dave Taylor regathering his own kick on the last tackle to score the Warriors first points for the day.
A penalty against Dungog when they were in possession extended Woodberry’s lead to 22 to 4, before a double to Dungog’s best player Aaron Locke got the Warriors within striking distance trailing 22 to 14 at the break.
A series of Woodberry errors enabled Lee Nevin to score a converted try early in the second half and give the Warriors faithful a glimmer of hope trailing by two points before the turnstile defence resurrected and Woodberry crossed for two quick tries for a 32 to 20 lead.
With the referee finally growing tied of Woodberry’s continued foul play and marching their hooker from the field, the Warriors looked like they had got back into the game with a try to Ken Lewins only for it to be inexplicitly to be ruled a double movement.
This seemed to knock any last wind out of Dungog’s sails as an intercept shortly after and a further two tries rounded out the Woodberry victory by 50 to 20.
It was another game Dungog can look back on as getting away with inept and uncommitted defence spoiling any chance of victory.
Dungog must look to rapidly improve their defence, which at present wouldn’t beat time with a stick, if they hope to record any victories for the 2012 season.
Aaron Locke was easily the Warriors best player on Sunday with Dan Rumbel, Mark Blandford, Fletcher Celand, Dave Taylor, Jake Clifton, Lee Nevin and Hamish Evans all having moments.
RSL best forward and players’ player Aaron Locke, RSL best back Dave Taylor, Ray’s reserves J Clements and A Darr.
This week Dungog compete in the local derby v Stroud at Stroud on Saturday with kick off at 2:30pm.
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