Fighting Miners out of flag race after one-point defeat

Bendigo Fighting Miners coach David Mcdonald.

Bendigo Fighting Miners coach David Mcdonald.

THE Keech Australia Fighting Miners have fallen agonisingly short in their bid to quality for the Victorian Rugby Union championship division grand final.

The under-manned Fighting Miners were beaten by the barest of margins – 12-11 –  in their semi-final against Monash University at Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

After dominating the early stages of the match the Fighting Miners led 11-0 thanks to a try by winger Alex Tones and two penalty goals by half-back David Mcdonald.

However, a yellow card to Trent Clampit and replacement of five-eighth Steve Reynolds, who was suffering cramps, gave the opportunity for Monash Uni to open its account with a converted try early in the second period.

While Bendigo mounted attacks inside the Monash Uni quarter, they were met with a stout defence as the Fighting Miners either mishandled when pushing the pass or conceded a penalty to relieve the pressure.

Monash Uni hit the lead with a breakout try with 15 minutes remaining and held the advantage until the final siren.

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