Blue Boars trample over Lions

NARRABRI will be towering above the Central North competition’s for and against table after giving Quirindi a 145-0 thrashing at home.

The Lions had no chance as the Blue Boars ran riot on their defence.

It was a crushing defeat for Quirindi who had some players in only their second year of the game.

Narrabri coach Tom Cullen said that the tries were scored out wide early before they completely opened them up.

“We focused a lot on our defence and were pleased to keep a clean sheet,” Cullen said.

“Full credit to Quirindi, they never gave up which was pretty impressive.

“The last 10 minutes of the game were the toughest for us and they were attacking our line.”

While Narrabri is ahead on for and against, premier Moree sits on top with an extra bonus point.

The Bulls  stay undefeated after coming from behind at half time to pip Gunnedah 27-24.

Following the wedding of prop John Adams on Friday night, Moree was off to a dusty start.

Coach Damien Kelly said they started a bit slowly but got there in the end.

“We had limited opportunities in the second half but took the ones we did get,” Kelly said.

The Bulls are joined by Inverell on top of the ladder with two bonus points.

Inverell has been the quiet achiever so far this season, beating both the Rams – Barraba and Walcha – with a bonus point in each.

The Highlanders met the Walcha pack up front but it was their strong running backs who did the damage and scored points.

Walcha fought back well  but just couldn’t get there, going down 32-23.

Scone ground out a hard- fought win against Barraba in its  first home game.

Coach Duncan Pinfold said the 12-3 victory was an ugly win but hard-fought.

“It was a typical Scone Barraba slugfest,” Pinfold said.

“It wasn’t one for the spectators but it is a win.”

Scone is still yet to have its line crossed this season.

That means that Moree and Inverell sit on top with two wins and two bonus points, and Moree is only 19 for and against points ahead of the New England side.

Narrabri and Scone sit in third and fourth, both with two wins and one bonus point each.

Narrabri dominates in for and against by 102 points after the win against Quirindi.

Pirates and Gunnedah are currently the sides scrapping for that all important fifth spot.

They have both won one and lost one, with two bonus points each.

Pirates sit only two for and against points above the Red Devils.

Barraba, Walcha, Tamworth and Quirindi round out the bottom with no wins, although Barraba has two bonus points.

CNRU will break for Easter before the following round will see Pirates meet Gunnedah to fight for that last spot in the season.

Moree will host Walcha, the Lions and Magpies will be both looking for first points when they meet in Quirindi, and the undefeated Scone and Inverell will clash in the Hunter.

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