Eagles soar above new United
Tuesday, 15th April, 2014
By Darrin Manuel
There was no fairytale return for United at the weekend as they suffered a heavy defeat in a trial game against Menindee Eagles.
It was United’s first game since the club folded in 1997, and the Eagles welcomed them back into the fray with big hits and line-breaking runs.
The Eagles piled on a handful of early tries before United managed to cross the line shortly before half time, leaving the score at 64-4.
United improved their defence in the second half, but continued to struggle to break through the Eagles’ defence.
The Eagles piled on another 28 points while keeping United scoreless to record a dominant 92-4 victory.
Despite the lopsided result, the game will serve as a learning experience for United as they work to get back up to speed after almost two decades out of the competition.
Outback Rugby League’s Brendan Doyle commended both teams on their efforts, and said the game was played in a very good spirit.
The Menindee community’s strong support for the game should also be noted, with around 350 spectators in attendance to cheer on the players.
The first round of the season proper will be held on May 10 with Geebungs vs Boomerangs, United vs Saints, and Eagles vs Warriors.