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Round 14 - Match Report

02/08/2018

The Gorillas are now one win away from going through the regular season undefeated after a 60-29 victory over the Dubbo Rhinos at the weekend.

 

As the score line suggests, defence took a back seat at Caltex Park as both teams looked to play entertaining and attacking rugby.

 

Narromine were first to score through Tim Gainsford who backed up well after a break from George Hancock. However, the Rhinos hit back shortly after with a try to Fijian winger Nacewa Nagali to level the score at 5-5 after 12 minutes.

 

The try scoring freak that is Charlie Tuck made sure he kept his amazing strike rate, bursting over from the back of a rolling maul to put the Gorillas ahead, but it was short lived with Rhinos replying through Brett Austin. The successful conversion put the Rhinos ahead 12-10 with 20 minutes played.

 

Any chance of an upset was all but snuffed out when Gainsford, Dan Treseder, and Jono Sharkey crossed for the last three tries of the half and gave the Gorillas some breathing space at the break 29-12.

 

Tuck grabbed his double in the opening minutes of the second half and it looked as though Narromine would run away with game. However, the Rhinos managed to grab back-to-back tries and give themselves a chance of a comeback, only trailing by 10 points with 20 minutes to play.

 

The Gorillas then showed why they are premiership favourites running in 4 tries in the final quarter of the match thanks to a double from Luke Brown, and further tries to Dylan Ryan and George Hancock.

 

Craig Campbell was strong all day in attack, as was Tuck, Hancock, Gainsford and Jack Neill.

 

The Gorillas now turn their attention to the final round blockbuster clash with CSU Bathurst, who are riding a wave of recent good form that culminated in them dismantling the Parkes Boars 82-21 last weekend. It will also be the club’s sponsors day so get on down to Cale Oval to say thanks to our generous sponsors and cheer on our boys.

 

Narromine Gorillas 60

(Charlie Tuck 2, Tim Gainsford 2, Luke Brown 2, Dan Treseder, Jono Sharkey, Dylan Ryan, George Hancock Tries; Ryan 5 Conv)

Def

Dubbo Rhinos 29

(Bret Austin 2, James Dodd, Nacewa Nagali, Viliame Turuva Tries; Chris Sellings 2 conv)

 

Second grade wrapped up the minor premiership with a hard-fought bonus point win on Saturday. They will meet the Blayney Rams in week one of the finals at Cale Oval, in a rivalry that has been developing all season.

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