North Tamworth star a reluctant rake

NIC DOBSON picked up the ref’s three points for his work at hooker on Sunday for North, the problem is he hates playing at dummy half.

Shane Wadwell (left) and Jordan Brown try to stop Scott Hunt in last Saturday’s local derby at Scully Park with man of the match Nic Dobson (right) in support. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 150614GOF07

Shane Wadwell (left) and Jordan Brown try to stop Scott Hunt in last Saturday’s local derby at Scully Park with man of the match Nic Dobson (right) in support. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 150614GOF07

Dobson starred in the Bears’ 50-20 local derby win over West Lions at Scully Park but is looking forward to getting back to his usual position at lock next week.

Regular hooker Brock Wadwell sat on the bench with the flu and could be lucky that Dobson didn’t like the role.

The Bears were just eating up the metres down the middle of the field with Dobson at the controls at dummy half.

“No, it is not my preferred position but someone had to do it,” Dobson said.

“It was a bit slippery out there and we got a bit sloppy.”

The hooker-come-lock said the the side’s defence was pretty ordinary at times.

“We weren’t getting our shoulder in and putting our body on the line for each other.”

“Although our forwards were good in attack and kept banging it up.

“We are hurting teams up the middle this year.”

Lions captain Chris Hunt knows all about it.

“Everyone knows they play like that,” Hunt said.

“That is why it was disappointing that we let them go up the guts so much.”

Two tries in the shadow of halftime took away any chance that the premiers had of getting in front.

Dobson is hoping that he returns to his regular role next week and, after a brief appearance from Wadwell, it looks like Dobson might be safe.

Wadwell managed to fit an entire game into a ten-minute cameo from the bench.

He had an immediate impact on the game and threw a flat cut-out ball to put Anthony Burns over for a try.

He had the forwards moving downfield and straightened up the defence

Wadwell then scored two tries himself and still found the time to get sent off with three minutes to go.

Coach Brad McManus said  the side was lucky to have Dobson as a utility lock.

“You could put him anywhere on the field and he would give you 100 percent,” McManus said. “There is plenty of  footy in him.”

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