Central North Rugby: Narrabri sneak home by two against Inverell

Will Morley’s boot proved the difference as Narrabri edged out Inverell 14-12 in their Tier 2 clash at a wet and muddy Narrabri on Saturday.

Leader: Jake Packer, here in action earlier in the season against Tamworth, and his Narrabri side slogged out a two-point win over Inverell on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

Leader: Jake Packer, here in action earlier in the season against Tamworth, and his Narrabri side slogged out a two-point win over Inverell on Saturday. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

It was a tight tussle with both sides scoring two tries apiece.

Morley converted both of the Blue Boars’, second rower Mitch Wheaton scoring their second mid-way through the second half to restore the two-point advantage they had held at half-time.

From there it was a real arm-wrestle. The Highlanders did have a couple of penalty opportunities but turned the points down in favour of pushing for the try.

After snapping a three-game losing run the previous week, the win made it back to back wins for the Blue Boars, and was coach Dylan Duncan said one of their better performances of the season.

Their defence was a big part of that. It was “very strong”.

“You can tell when a team is starting to play well and play for each other, when they defend well,” he said.

“We defended our line for a long time in the first half.”

Wade Maloney scored their first half try, running a good line, and was among the Blue Boars’ best at inside centre.

“He played the best game he has all year,” Duncan said.

Wheaton also had a very strong game and picked up the zone three best and fairest points. Connor Parkes also really stood up at breakaway, Duncan said, while Joe Roy and Joe Maunder were good up front.

Outside centre Elliot Tourle scored 21 points as Quirindi ran out 41-19 winners over Barraba in the other Tier 2 game while Moree accounted for Scone 39-13 in their Tier 1 match-up.