Cowboys wear down Walcha Roos

THE Dungowan Cowboys’ back three scored all the points in one of the only games where Walcha might have been warmer at home.

Miserable conditions greeted the New Englanders, with the league tag copping the majority of the downpour before the wind took over.

The Jillaroos remain undefeated, beating the Cowgirls 20-6, which would also be the final score of the men’s game, but with the Roos on the receiving end. 

The Roos’ physicality was having an impact early on as they started to get on top of the battle in the middle.

While the Roos were good early, the Cowboys’ big men won the game with their stamina in very heavy and tough conditions.

“Last week’s game took a lot of juice out of us so I knew we might be sluggish,” coach Luke Taylor said.

“We were a little bit flat in the first half but it ended up a tough win.”

Clint Ridley was a force in the middle for the Cowboys, but it was halfback Matt Wilson who directed the Cowboys to their fifth straight victory and third tough game in as many weeks.

The Cowboys have beaten Werris Creek, Barraba and Walcha in as many weeks.

“Matt Wilson was really good and has been every week,” Taylor said.

“We are playing some very strong football at times.”

The coach wants to take one game at a time but already has an eye on the finals.

“I don’t want to get carried away with it but I will be disappointed if we let a game slip from now on.”

Walcha coach Peter Berry  thought they could have had a shot at winning but were outplayed. 

“It got away from us a bit,” Berry said.

“Our line speed wasn’t good and we weren’t up in their faces.”

“We were a bit lazy with our play the ball speed as well.”

Jason Latham was a stand-out for the Roos in the halves and Robert Smith also never gave up in the middle.

Walcha is away again this Saturday, tackling Boggabri at Jubilee Oval, Boggabri.

 Dungowan heads up to Bendemeer Oval to play the Mountain Men while Manilla hosts Werris Creek.

Kootingal and Barraba have the bye.

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