Walcha backs run rampant at Quirindi

WALCHA was up to the same old tricks at Quirindi on Saturday, scoring plenty of tries and terrorising its opposition in the backs.

The Rams continued along their merry way, blowing the Lions away 60-7.

“It was a good win,” captain Simon Newton said.

They had made a number of changes but that didn’t seem to slow them down.

The attack still seemed to gel pretty well, as the scoreline reflects.

The backs again dominated the scoresheet, with Newton crossing twice  – playing out on the wing – and halves Soni Halanukonuka and Bevan Wood, inside centre Ed Churchill and fullback Richard Young also finding the tryline.

Robbie Glen was also a big presence at number eight and finished with a double.

The Rams have been making a lot of inroads through the middle in recent weeks.

On Saturday, while they did score a few tries through the middle, a lot of their tries came from back-up play and one-off offloads, Newton said.

“The support play was strong,” he said.

Defensively they probably didn’t defend as well as they have but they were able to pillage quite a few turnovers, which released the pressure.

“Quirindi are a tough team. They kept playing all game,” Newton said.

They were rewarded for that with a late try to Sam Lehman.

The Rams have been blowing sides away in the first half, and that was the case again on Saturday.

They were up 38-nil at the break.

“We had a strong first half,” Newton said.

The second half they weren’t as dominant on the scoreboard but did drop a couple of balls over the line.

Newton said it was a good chance to give some of their younger players a good run, and in the position they wanted.

Glen also figured among the best and fairest points, picking up the three.

Prop Ross Fletcher received the two with winger Will Plush and breakaway Jock Fortescue sharing the one. 

The back row was prominent, with openside breakaway Max Murray the players’ player.

The Rams now hold an 11-point buffer at the top of Tier 2.

Scone’s 55-16 win over Barraba in the other game saw it  jump back above Tamworth into second, with the Magpies having the bye.

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