UNFORTUNATELY for the Candelo-Bemboka Panthers’ reserve grade rugby league squad, Eden proved the stronger big cat on Sunday.
The Panthers suffered a comprehensive 40-6 loss at the hands of the competition front-runners despite showing good early form.
It was the Panthers posting the first points of the match and, with Bobby Taylor back in the kicking seat, led 6-0 early on.
The Panthers looked solid in the attack, while Eden continued to give away penalties in the tackle.
However, Candelo-Bemboka was unable to capitalise as the Tigers’ defence shielded the line.
After strong early possession it was a 60-metre break from Eden’s Tyrone Thomas that broke the deadlock.
Shortly after, a right-wing break by Shaquille Aldridge also netted points for the visitors.
The Panthers came close a couple of times, but injuries started piling up after the break.
Wade Irvin and David Inskip were forced to come off and the bench took the brunt of continued attacks from Eden.
Late in the second half it was the Panthers giving up possession as a few knock-ons and dropped balls kept Eden in the attack.
The score blew out to the visitors and by the final siren settled at 40-6 in the Tigers’ favour.