Spuddies first Shield win | PHOTOS

The Robertson Spuddies Shield side won its first match of the season against Bundanoon Highlanders. 

SHIELD WIN: The Robertson Spuddies Shield team won their first match of 2017 against Bundanoon at Robertson Showground on May 20. Photo: Rob Randazzo.

SHIELD WIN: The Robertson Spuddies Shield team won their first match of 2017 against Bundanoon at Robertson Showground on May 20. Photo: Rob Randazzo.

A late try from Jesse Mauger helped the Spuddies to a win in the final minute of the match. 

The Highlanders were undefeated heading into the game but fell to the Spuddies at Robertson Showground with a 14-10 scoreline on May 13. 

The Spuddies were first to cross the try line, with captain/coach Aaron De Jager scoring in the first half. 

Robertson had a narrow 4-0 lead at the break. 

The Spuddies continued their defensive effort in the second half, but let Bundanoon cross the try line twice. 

With the score locked at 10-10 in the second half, it remained that way for a tense 15 minutes. 

The match was an entertaining display of rugby league that came down to the wire, with Mauger scoring the match-winning try for the Spuddies in their first win for 2017. 

De Jager said it was a great result for the Spuds, who had not had two sides playing in Group 6 since 1994. 

”It was a really close game, as local derbies usually are,” he said. 

“We played well in patches but there is still a lot for us to work on.”

De Jager said it was the Spuddies defence that got them the win.

“We defended our line really well and we played a bit better as a team than we had in previous weeks,” he said. 

De Jager said Bundanoon Highlanders were good opposition. 

“They are a good team, they’ve got some big boys and the skill to match that,” he said. 

“It was really good, close game.”

The round five game was the first home game for the Spuddies. 

“We had a good home crowd, it was the first time in a long time that we had two games going in Robbo,” De Jager said. 

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