North Tamworth rake runs rampant

NORTH TAMWORTH hooker Brock Wadwell scored two tries himself but also had a hand in many of the others in the Bears’ big win over Oxley Diggers on Saturday.

Brock Wadwell picked up players’ player and man of the match for North Bears  as they scored 19 tries to beat Oxley Diggers on  Saturday. Ky Ruru is in support.  Photo: Chris Bath 030514BA01

Brock Wadwell picked up players’ player and man of the match for North Bears as they scored 19 tries to beat Oxley Diggers on Saturday. Ky Ruru is in support. Photo: Chris Bath 030514BA01

The 108-4 point drubbing was the final game of a double-header at Manilla that saw four games played back to back.

Wadwell’s work from dummy half was a highlight in a game that was so one- sided, highlights were few and far between.

His passing game was excellent but the style of the match also saw him running the ball a lot from dummy half and combining with the backs out wide.

“The way our big forwards were going gave me a lot of room,” Wadwell said. “There was no pressure on me, which makes it very easy.”

The hooker was playing like a lock at times, taking hit-ups as well as putting some big shots on in defence.

Having a competitive nature, there was also a reason why he and the team were pouring the points on until the end.

“Well, Gunnedah put 88 on them last week,” Wadwell said.

“So I wanted to beat that mark.”

Even though the season has been a bit disjointed so far, the dummy half has been happy with his form.

Wadwell has crossed three times in two games and wants to keep adding to that tally.

“The team is looking pretty good.

“We are getting back to our usual game.

“I will be disappointed if we don’t play in the grand final.”

In his third year as a Bear, the hooker believes this is one of the better-balanced sides he has been behind.

“We have a good forward pack and are working it up the middle well.

“And then to have Zac Russ and Brad (Marshall) in the centres as well.

“We look pretty good out wide.”

North has the services of strapper and trainer Dave Parsons this year.

Parsons is one of the reasons behind the side looking like one of the fittest in the competition.

“He can be a bit cranky and yell a bit,” Wadwell said.

“But he brings a really good vibe to the club.

“We are putting in a lot more at training and it is paying off.”

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