Glen Innes Magpies’ ladies league tag side drew level with Tingha Tigers on the Group 19 ladder with a tenacious defensive effort against MacIntyre Warriors.
Neither side budged an inch in the opening term but it was the Magpies’ persistence which payed off in their 16-0 win.
“The first 20 minutes, no one was making any ground, both teams were going really well,” co-coach Mark Gallagher said.
“At half-time we spoke about whoever gets themself an opportunity will get the result and that's what happened.
“We put a kick in and one of the girls was there on the spot and got the try, that put us in front and the girls stepped up a notch then.”
The opening points gave the Glen Innes girls the mental edge as they went on to add another two tries to their tally and continually deny the home side any chance of scoring.
“They started a bit more open play as the game moved on and fatigue started setting in too and that's when you see more gaps,” Gallagher said.
“The first 20 minutes was a real good game.”
The Magpies welcomed back a host of players missing from last Sunday’s encounter against Armidale.
The side struggled in the opening half against the Rams but Gallagher said they were back to their best against the Warriors’ girls.
“They just kept doing what they did and what they did really well this time was get out of their own zone well,” he said.
The Magpies play bottom-placed Warialda at Mead Park this Sunday.