MOREE Boomerangs “walloped” Moree Boars when the two clubs played their first premiership club game for 21 years in Moree on Saturday.
The Boomies won 58-30 in a game that attracted a huge crowd and showcased the talents of the reigning premiers early in the match.
Moree Boomerangs led 42-6 at half time, cruising home to a 28-point win that has them ready to tackle unbeaten Glen Innes Magpies in another huge Group 19 match at Kerry Mead Park, Glen Innes next Saturday.
“It was a good win,” Boomies coach Chris Binge said.
“We were up 42-6 at half-time but I wasn’t too happy with the second half.
“We set it up early after a good week at training.
“We also changed a few things up and that first 40 minutes the boys put it all together.
“I think it’s the best 40 minutes of football we’ve played all year.
“In saying that, about 10 of the boys were playing their fourth game in nine days too so they did get a bit leg-weary in the second half.”
Dillon Wallford was outstanding at fullback, Binge said.
“He scored five or six tries,” Binge said.
“Madison Smith was real good in the front row and got our three points.
“He led from the front and we set a great platform.”
Moree Boars coach Wayne Hetherington had no excuses.
“We copped a walloping,” he said.
“They were too good and the Boomerangs were ready to play – they were up for this game.
“But we have a very young side and we’ll take a bit out of this game.
“The second half was good although we have Armidale next week and they knocked the Rangs off a few weeks ago.”
He thought second-rower Johnny Lawton was outstanding for the Boars.
“He took it up all day and took it to them in defence as well,” Hetherington said.
“Conor Ryan had a real big game at fullback. He’s a very good player.
“Ben Kennedy never stopped trying at prop and Sam Armstrong was good in the centres for us too.”