Scone nails down minor premiership

SCONE Thoroughbreds remain unbeaten while Muswellbrook Rams and Greta-Branxton Colts scored crucial  Group 21 wins on the weekend.

Scone belted Singleton Greyhounds at ResCo Park, Singleton yesterday to secure the minor premiership with two rounds remaining while Muswellbrook Rams overcame a determined Aberdeen Tigers 30-12 at McKinnon Field yesterday.

Little fullback Cade Boney and Country Under 18 second- rower Ryan Holman were the Rams stars yesterday on a weekend where Greta Branxton Colts produced one of their best wins at Denman Oval on Saturday.

Down 24-12, the Colts were reduced to 12 men when pivot Joby Patten was sent off for abusive language.

It was the recipe for a disaster. Instead the Colts stood tall, raced in 20 points and won 32-24 to secure second spot on the G21 ladder.

“I spoke to all the boys this morning,” Colts coach Ron Griffiths said last night.

“I told them how proud I was of their performance. Those sort of games are the reason you coach and why you play.”

It was a magical display by a side which had lost the Group 21 grand final to Denman at Denman Oval last year.

They were already missing a number of key players and staring at adversity midway through the second half.

“We were under a lot of pressure and adversity,” Griffiths said.

“But the boys came good, in particular Harry Goodyer, Josh Griffiths and Hayden Crouch.

“Hayden is a recent addition, a former Country rep who gave the game away because he wasn’t enjoying it.

“Harry has been our form player the last six weeks too and little Josh. 

“He’s normally our fullback but he had to play in the halve s and came up with three tries,” Griffiths said.

“ That was a fantastic effort by all of them. 

“I couldn’t be prouder.”

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