NSW Country hold off Stars in Tamworth heat

By Tom Greenaway The NSW Country Eagles have defeated competition front- runners the Sydney Stars 37-31 on a scorching day at Chillingworth Oval in Tamworth. Coming off a bye, the Eagles looked revitalised as they tussled with a strong Stars outfit who earned a bonus point for their efforts. Jono Lance opened the Eagles’ account, piercing over close to the line after a weaving run from Charlie Clifton put the home side in good field position. It was Lance setting up Clifton for the Eagles second try, with the flyhalf popping off a nice inside ball to the outside centre close to the line, who produced a left foot step to cross over for his first try of the 2015 season. Both tries were converted by Lance and the Eagles led 16-0 after twenty minutes. The Stars got off the board five minutes before the half, after Mitch Whitely picked up off the back of a rumbling scrum close to the Eagles line and unselfishly handed off to scrumhalf Jake Gordon. The Stars scrum was on show again f
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