With several players out due to work and the Front Line Services Ball, a last minute shuffle of players met the need to hold the space against the hard hitting Rhinos.
Soropepeli “Zorro” Bainivalu put across two tries, Semi Junior and Tom Woods scoring one each to round out the four needed for a bonus point. Luke Bevan kicked one conversion and two penalty goals.
Rhinos Dale Smith was the stand out scorer for Rhinos: one try, two conversions and three penalty goals for added to two further tries scored by the team.
With the final whistle the scores were locked at 28 all. It wasn’t the win the Boars wanted but it wasn’t a loss either and the extra points have them now safely positioned in second place on the New Holland Cup first grade ladder.
Next week is bye week for the Boars in all grades.
The second grade Boars stormed home in a convincing 19-5 win over Dubbo Rhinos. Tries to Michael Watt, Dyllan Phillips and Tunioda Ralulu with two conversions to Brendan Bennett against a single try to Rhinos.
The front three, Kelevi Ralulu, Simon Oliver and Jonetami Koroivui held well against the much bigger Rhinos pack. Toby Baigent as always showed no fear as he bustled the team around the field. Zach Bayliss in his first year with the Boars showed his high stepping big striding run chews the meters when given the space. Jack Byrnes tackled with clinical efficacy taking out much bigger opponents in mid stride. Captain Michael watt was pleased with the team effort and look forward to the finals series.
We next face CSU Mitchell for the final round of the home and away series on Saturday 29th July at Spicer Oval.