Yenda defeat Leeton in Group 20 first grade

The Yenda Blueheelers have maintained the form which saw them take out the Paul Kelly knockout with a show of determination against Leeton at Leeton No 1 Oval on Sunday.

The Blueheelers went in at halftime down by 16 points, and the message was clear according to co-coach Willie Lolohea.

“Just hold on to the ball,” he said.

“We had a few dropped ball there, and we had a few minor errors like passing it to the ground and that sort of thing.

“We fixed that up in the second half, and our reward was coming over and getting a comeback win.”

The Greens opened the scoring through Daniel Hyde before Stephen Broome scored his first of the day to see Yenda take a two-point lead.

Leeton then scored two tries back to back as coach Clinton Green and Todd Prest got across the line before Kitioue Toia scored on the halftime siren to see Leeton hold a lead of 20-10 at the interval.

Green scored his second of the game as he was able to get the ball down on the line despite the best efforts of the Yenda defence to give the Greenies a 16-point advantage.

Yenda refused to lay down however and score five unanswered second-half tries.

Shaquille Jackman barged his way across the line while Josh Lavemai scored two in quick succession to bring the scores level.

Yenda then hit the front through Moses Lolohea after a strong run from co-coach Michael Mogliotti before the game was wrapped up with under 60 seconds remaining with Broome scoring his second of the game.

After the match, Lolohea paid credit to Broome and what he has brought to the team.

“He has been a very good signing for us, and he has just changed the whole game for us,” he said.

Yenda will now prepare themselves for another trip down Irrigation Way this time to take on Yanco-Wamoon while Leeton will have the bye.