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Round 15 - Match Report

02/08/2018

The Gorillas have put an exclamation mark on their New Holland Cup minor premiership with a 45-26 victory over the in-form CSU Bathurst. The students were coming in full of confidence but were never really in the game after the home side raced to a 28-0 lead inside the first quarter of the match.

 

The win means the Gorillas now head into finals with their undefeated record intact and a swag of self-belief.

 

Coach Craig Campbell was happy with the win, particularly the way his team started. “We’ve been slow out of the blocks over the past 2-3 weeks so we’d been focusing on that at training. They’re (CSU) a dangerous attacking side, so we didn’t want to give them a sniff, we saw what they could do against Parkes last week” said Campbell

“We probably went away from our structure a bit when we got out to such a lead, and CSU were able to capitalise from broken play a few times”.

Campbell went on to suggest the students could go deep into the finals series.

“They’ll cause some headaches over the next few weeks, it’s not unlikely that we’ll meet them again at some stage”.

 

Mick Harris opened the scoring, breaking through off a clever short pass from Campbell, before a penalty try was awarded to the Gorillas after a rolling maul was brought down illegally. The offending player was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes which would prove costly, as the Gorillas crossed twice in that period, firstly through George Hancock who bamboozled the defensive line and then out-paced the cover.

 

Billy “Slater” Browning then scored the try of the match, skirting down the eastern touch line, before chip-kicking over the fullback and regathering and planting the ball down next to the posts.

 

CSU were able to hit back late in the half when fullback Lochie Robinson crossed and the halftime score read 28-7.

 

The students picked up where they left off in the second half, opening the scoring with a try to scrumhalf Charles Mansfield, narrowing the margin to 28-12.

 

However, hopes of a comeback were dashed with the Gorillas scoring 3 of the next 4 tries, through Dan Treseder, Tim Allworth and Doug Potter.

 

CSU were playing an expansive, catch-up style of rugby and were rewarded with a consolation try on fulltime through winger Nick Greenberg, adding some more respectability to the scoreline.

 

Mitch Rixon was voted best on ground by his peers after a typically physical display from the big man, who caused absolute carnage with his strong carries in the midfield.

 

CSU coach Luke Kelly was upbeat despite the convincing loss.

“Take away those opening 15 minutes and Narromine saw what we were capable of,” he said.

“We’ve walked away from that knowing that we can beat them.”

 

The Gorillas will now meet the Parkes Boars in the major semi-final at Cale Oval this Saturday, with the winner earning hosting rights for the grand final and a week’s rest.

 

Narromine Gorillas 45

(Mick Harris, Luke Brown (penalty try), George Hancock, Billy Browning, Tim Allworth, Dan Treseder, Doug Potter Tries; Dylan Ryan 3, Potter)

Def Bathurst CSU 26

(Lochie Robinson, Charles Mansfield, Nick Greenberg, Harry Hunt Tries; Jack Keppel 3 conv)

 

 

Second grade scored an emphatic victory to end the regular season, clocking up 50 unanswered points. The old firm of Craig Duff and Ryan Pratten were classy as usual, and there were other strong performances from Jack Madgwick, Jai Delboux and Matt Bullock.

 

Narromine Gorillas 50

(Matt Bullock 2, Ryan Wheeler 2, Dan Barry, Bill Rybak, Craig Duff, Strath Munro Tries; Munro 4, Bullock Conv)

Def Bathurst CSU 0

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