BARRABA Bulldogs and Dungowan Cowboys won away from home against Bendemeer and Boggabri while Walcha Roos overran Manilla Tigers at home on Captain Cook Park, Walcha in their round six clashes on Saturday.
The Bulldogs overcame Bendy 42-16 at Bendemeer Oval, Dungowan beat Boggabri Kangaroos 36-22 at Jubilee Oval, Boggabri and Walcha Roos won 62-20 at home.
Walcha Roos coach Peter Berry was delighted with the effort from his side for most of the game.
“We played pretty well for 75 minutes,” Berry said.
“We let them in for a couple of late tries.
“But the boys stuck to the game plan pretty well and we were able to give a few of our bench players some good minutes at the end.
“I was real happy with the way we started.”
Halfback Jason Latham was a standout and also scored three tries.
With captain and five-eighth Troy Yarnold, they steered the side around well.
Jock Abraham filled in for injured centre Lachlan Brown and did a good job too while second-rowers Ben Green and Lachlan Laurie also played strongly.
Dungowan Cowboys also started well at Jubilee Oval, Boggabri and led 26-6 at half-time.
However they made some silly errors and gave away some penalties to invite the Kangaroos back into the game.
The Roos responded and gave the Cowboys plenty to be concerned about in a stirring second half.
Clint Ridley, Lachie Collins and Matt Wilson were best for the Cowboys while Ben Haire was an honest and hard worker for the home side.
At Bendemeer Oval, the Mountain Men were no match for the reigning premiers when the Bulldogs surged to a 32-point win.
With lock Jayse Starr and captain-coach Tim Coombes leading the way, the Bulldogs produced some of their best football.
“We made a lot of errors,” Coombes said.
“But when we completed our sets we looked pretty good.
“It’s not an easy place to come to and get a win.
“The Bendy boys have plenty of points in them.”
Barraba was also missing two of its best, centre Luke White and Jesse Phillips.
“But Jayse had another big game for us,” Coombes said.
“Joey (Latham) was great early on. He scored a screamer just before half time.”
Latham also set up a couple of tries.