Group 19 first grade: Narwan back in winner's circle

Narwan rebounded from their Group 19 round four loss to MacIntyre Warriors in comprehensive fashion with an emphatic victory over Warialda – giving the side a boost ahead of Saturday’s big clash against Moree.

IMPRESSED: Eels coach Peter Moran said Al Widders had a strong game against Warialda out of dummy half.

IMPRESSED: Eels coach Peter Moran said Al Widders had a strong game against Warialda out of dummy half.

After succumbing to the Boggabilla-based side the week before from lack of numbers, the Eels stepped back into the winner’s circle against the Wombats with a convincing 44-18 win. 

Clarrie Moran returned to the side for the round five match and coach Peter Moran said his influence, along with the side “playing a lot smarter than what they had been doing”, propelled the team to victory. 

“We are not a big side in the forward pack but we are a mobile pack,” he said. 

“Our back three, they just go all day and everything starts paying off when we start playing on the fringes. With our speed out wide, I think it benefits our side. 

“Clarrie Moran just brings a lot of structure to the game for us and he talks and directs a bit better.”

The most anticipated encounter of Narwan’s season in on Saturday when they travel to Moree to take on the Boomerangs in a top-of-the-table clash. 

The two teams are neck and neck on the table. They are only separated by points differential. Moran expects a spirited game and has warned his side to stick to their game plan. 

“It has always been a great tussle between our team and Moree,” he said. “We spoke about that at training – to not get caught up in their little niggle and just play our own game. And if we play from in front, they will get frustrated.”