Yenda defeat Leeton in Group 20 first grade

THE Greens let a half-time lead slip, while the Hawks came away with a draw in their first matches of the Group 20 season.

Leeton hosted the Yenda Blueheelers at No. 1 Oval on Sunday afternoon and looked to be in the box seat at half-time.

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 and they went on to 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.

The final score was 36-26 in Yenda’s favour. 

For Leeton shire’s other team they too looked to have the match in their hands at half-time. 

The Hawks hit the road to Coleambally on Sunday to take on the Roosters. 

At half-time of the first grade match, the Hawks had flexed their muscle to be up 20-6.

However, Darlington Point-Coleambally mounted a spirited comeback in the second half with the match ending in a 24-all draw.

Yanco-Wamoon’s reserve grade side lost to the Roosters, but the league tag team put on an impressive display of skill to come away with a 50-0 victory. 

The under 18s also scored a victory. 

This weekend the Hawks will play their first game of the year at Yanco Sportsground against Yenda, while the Greens have the bye.

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