NARRABRI piled on more points and more pain on Saturday.
This time it was Barraba bearing the brunt, with the Blue Boars racking up a 63-5 win in what was a compehensive display.
“It’s the first time I’ve been to Barraba and been happy with a win,” co-coach Tom Cullen said.
Normally they have to really grind it out.
That wasn’t the case on Saturday.
They dominated from the outset and ran the Rams ragged.
“Our main focus on the day was to recycle the ball early, get it out of there (ruck),” Cullen said.
They didn’t want to get caught up in a contest at the breakdown, and really thrived off the quick ball they were able to procure.
It allowed them to play the running game they have developed over the past couple of seasons and makes them so dangerous.
“Our uptempo game was what won us the game,” Cullen said.
They kept it tight for three of four phases and then sent it wide, and invariably fractured the Rams’ defence.
Another focus was on keeping their structure, although on that count Cullen and Hunter Harley weren’t quite as happy.
“We struggled a bit with consistency to our structure,” Cullen said.
For four or five phases they maintained their structure and were focused in their ability to reset but, once they got past that, tended to panic and consequently made a “fair few” turnovers.
The Rams did put them under some pressure too.
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect the pressure we were put under,” Cullen said.
He and Harley were also really happy with their defence.
“Our goal each week is to keep them under 10 points,” he said.
It’s the second game in a row they’ve done that.
Cullen said it was pretty hard to pick the points, with everyone putting their hand up.
In the end the front row topped the points with hooker Beau Brummell picking up the three points, as well as the players’ player, and two-try prop Sam Greenaway the two.
The one went to winger Brendan Greste, who was a real handful with three tries.