NARRABRI Blues’ coach John Rumsby took a leaf out of NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley’s book last week and chanced his hand on a different five-eighth as a former Blue had a field day against his former side.
Daley punted with Canterbury Bulldogs’ Josh Reynolds and Rumsby went with fullback Lachie Cameron with some very different results despite great games from both players.
Cameron was one of the best on field, earning the ref’s one point for a huge defensive effort as the Blues capitulated to North Tamworth 86-0.
Standing one off the ruck, the former Manly Marlins Rugby player, who returned to the game he loves this year with hometown Narrabri, was bombarded by the Bears pack as the North machine started up and rolled forward.
Cameron played for the Blue Boars in last season’s grand final team but doesn’t regret the move to league.
“We are doing it a bit tough with injuries for a town like Narrabri,” Cameron said.
Amazingly, only two of the Blues that lost to the Bears on Sunday are from the team that played Wee Waa in the first round.
“It was a wake-up call today,” Cameron said.
“I think when we get our players back we could compete with them.”
Just like an Origin match, in the 78th minute the five-eighth lined up a field goal with the crowd on their feet.
The ball came off the boot well but sailed across the front of the posts.
To top it off, North took the ball down field once more and finished with another Abel Carney cutout ball to former Blue Zac Russ who joined Carney with four tries apiece.
“I should have got that field goal,” Cameron said.
“I think I had too much time.
“Sometimes if you don’t laugh you cry.”