Bears happy to leave Wee Waa with a win

NORTH Tamworth Bears made their one and only trek to Wee Waa on Sunday and left town happy with the valuable two competition points.

“I’m not sure what the score was. The scoreboard stopped putting the score up,” Bears coach Brad McManus said.

Wee Waa coach Adrian Sunderland wasn’t sure either but what he did know was his side let a good opportunity slip.

“I was pleased with the effort but not the scoreline,” Sunderland said.

“There was a definite improvement there but the discipline wasn’t.”

He had two players sin-binned and one sent off late in what was a frustrating day.

“We’ve got to pull our heads in and play football,” he said.

Brenton Cochrane and Sam Power were his side’s best while young prop Jake Cocking received the Bears’ players’ player award.

“I’m very happy to come out and get a win,”  McManus said.

“We had a slowish start but scored three quick tries after half time and that put us on the front foot in the second half.”

While Cocking was strong, Luke Byrnes was another to stand out with some big surges.

Having Sean Ferguson back was also a bonus for the Bears.

West Lions also escaped from a hole of their own making when they beat Oxley Diggers 56-20 at Scully Park on Saturday night.

Ahead 36-4 at halftime and then 40-4 early in the second half, the Lions switched off.

The Diggers crossed for three quick tries to show their potential.

Formed at the start of the year, the new club has endured some thrashings and a feral Facebook assault.

They are improving.

“We let them score some easy tries again tonight,” Diggers captain-coach Jamie Trindall said.

“We had a bad start but when we control the ball like we did tonight we’re a million times better.”

He said they have “finally settled on a side”.

“We’re improving,” he said.

Scott Berry, Michael Rutherford, Jake Morris, Will Jerrard and Trindall were best for the Diggers against a Lions side also evolving under captain-coach Chris Hunt.

“We switched right off,” Hunt admitted of a second-half slouch.

“But they (Oxley Diggers) came out and played some good footy in the second half too. 

“We just left it all in the sheds at halftime. 

“Once we were able to get the ball back though, the boys played well.”

Some strong charges from Tom Hine, Jake McLoughlin and Phil Beaton led the Lions, with Hunt always in close attendance and young fullback Mitch Doring having some nice touches.

Centre Sean Nean also returned to show what a talent he is and, with a bit of fitness, will prove a major bonus for any Lion premiership lunge.

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