Moree marches on despite reshuffling for wedding

MOREE celebrated Mick Grant’s nuptials with a triple treat at Inverell on Saturday.

The Bulls won all three grades, with the 18s getting up 37-19, second grade 24-19 and first grade 26-12.

It was a big win for the first grade boys with five of their regulars attending Grant’s wedding.

“We played pretty well,” captain Simon Hall said.

“The boys who  came in really stepped up.”

They had a new front row, with prop Daniel Taunton and hooker John Adams both out, but Luther Williams and Sam Kelly both had big games.

Kelly was having his first start of first grade and Williams getting his first taste.

He really impressed, picking up the three points.

“It was great to see him play well,” Hall said.

The Bulls set the win up in the first half, scoring 19 unanswered points.

“We just played tight, played within ourselves,” Hall said.

“We played fairly well through the forwards for a bit of it.” 

They used their pick and drive game to get momentum and in behind the Highlanders.

“That’s what got us the go-forward,” he said.

While they did let in two tries, the defence was generally good.

“The backs defended well and kept the pressure on their backs,” Hall said.

“They got up in their faces and shut them down.” 

It was probably their best game defensively of the season.

Ciaran O’Gorman, playing back at seven, was another strong performer.

Halves Ben Carrigan and Henry Noble were also good.

Inverell coach Scott Bremner was blunt in his assessment.

“We were very poor,” he said.

“We didn’t stick to the game plan and failed to execute anything.”

“Moree were predictably good, even though they were missing quite a few.” 

Discipline was one of many problems.

“Our discipline at the breakdown was ordinary,” Bremner said.

“We gave away a 1000 penalties.”

He said a lot of the Bulls’ tries came from their mistakes, either a dumb penalty or poor execution.

Breakaway Alan Jacobs tried hard and earned the three points and nod from the players.

Will Hollingworth picked up the two while Graham Montgomery and Tom Apthorpe shared the one.

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