The Queanbeyan Blues put on a rugby league clinic to come out victorious over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos with an impressive 44-12 scoreline at Seears Workwear Oval on Saturday in round 12 of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup.
The king of Queanbeyan, Terry Campese, was at his very best setting up tries and line breaks at will. He was aided by standout performances from forwards Isaiah Latu, Joshua Hitchins and centre Cyprian Ale. Their explosive running consistently put the Roos defence on the back foot.
The Roos, who were riding a three-game winning streak going into this week’s match, will have to regroup and put in a strong performance next week against the Belconnen United Sharks to get their season back on track.
Both teams were wearing specially designed jerseys to celebrate Kangaroos’ indigenous round.
The Roos had the better of the field position early thanks to mistakes and ill-discipline by the Blues. But the Roos couldn’t make the most of the field position and left the Blues half scoreless.
The Blues, on the other hand, scored on their first foray into Roos territory. Terry Campese broke the Roos’ line and put over big centre Cyprian Ale for their first try in the eighth minute.
Campese was at it again minutes later when he threw a dummy and got the ball to powerhouse centre Utuloa Asomua in space. Asomua powered over Roos fullback Kaine Pagura to get the Blues second try 13 minutes into the game. However, Campese’s conversation hit the upright and missed, leaving the scores at 10-0.
Jesse Dent almost got the Roos off the snide 20 minutes into the first half, but the number one ranked Blues defence held Dent up over the line.
It didn’t get any better for the Roos as strike centre Gideon Afemui left the field with an injury in the 23rd minute.
Isaiah Latu then added to the Blues lead with two tries in three minutes. Latu crashed over from close range in the 27th minute, and again in the 30th minute after capitalising off a Cyprian Ale line break.