Oberon Tigers bear their claws in Blayney hammering

BATTLING BEARS: Blayney halfback Mitch Evers passes out of dummy-half. He scored the Bears' only try on Sunday afternoon as the struggling side was handed its fifth straight loss by Oberon. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
BATTLING BEARS: Blayney halfback Mitch Evers passes out of dummy-half. He scored the Bears' only try on Sunday afternoon as the struggling side was handed its fifth straight loss by Oberon. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

Oberon looks to have found its mojo after hammering Blayney 48-6 at King George Oval to score its second consecutive victory and continue the Bears’ horror start to the 2018 Group 10 premier league season.

Still sans captain-coach and mercurial five-eighth Luke Branighan, the Tigers stormed to a 20-0 lead by half-time and built on that again in the second period, outscoring Blayney 28-6 to complete a comprehensive, 42-point shellacking.

The embattled Bears are now firmly entrenched on the bottom of the table, still winless through six rounds and with competition points only courtesy of a round five bye.

It took 10 minutes for Oberon to open the scoring at Bear Park, the Tigers doing so through Tyler Hughes, who dived over for the first of his three tries for the afternoon.

Blake Fitzpatrick crossed just a few minutes later and Abel Lefaoseu and Brenton Gibson both scored in the opening half as well.

Blayney halfback Mitch Evers scored just after half-time and converted his own try too, giving the Bears’ faithful some hope of a comeback.

That was quickly snuffed out with Hughes’ second not long after though.

Big Tui Oloapu crossed next and Ben McAlpine’s conversion extended the Tigers’ lead to 32-6.

Anton Wereta crossed next before Gibson grabbed his second and Hughes completed his hat-trick, securing the 48-6 victory.

The win keeps Oberon in touch with the top five, they’re only outside the finals frame on points difference.

It was the perfect result for the Tigers as they head to Bathurst to play Panthers next weekend, while the Bears travel to Lithgow to face a confident Workies outfit, fresh off an upset win over Orange Hawks.