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Tough start: Werris Creek opened with a 22-point defeat to Manilla.

Tough start: Werris Creek opened with a 22-point defeat to Manilla.

Werris Creek’s Second Division premiership defence is off to a disappointing start.

The Magpies were stunned 48-26 by Manilla on home soil on Saturday.

It was the perfect start to the 100th season celebrations for the Tigers, who possessed great enterprise in attack.

Werris Creek looked a shadow of the side which lifted the shield six months earlier.

In other matches, Bundarra staved off Bendemeer 34-22 in what was described as an entertaining contest, while Walcha accounted for rivals Uralla 24-18.

Barraba had the bye in the opening round.

The ladies league tag season started with four matches.

Bundarra and Manilla endured tough starts, being held scoreless by Bendemeer (28-0) and Werris Creek (34-0) respectively.

Walcha proved too strong for Uralla, prevailing 18-6 and Dungowan outgunned Boggabri 24-6.

Kootingal and Barraba had byes.

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