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Moree Boars beat Narrabri in extra time on emotional Bernie Briggs Day

NARRABRI suffered their first golden-point extra time loss this WEG Group 4 first grade season when the Moree Boars served up a 26-22 win on Bernie Briggs 9s Day at Boughton Oval on Sunday.

Two late tries by winger Alex Lawrence levelled the game and then ultimately won it for the Boars.

Moree captain-coach Ben Williams was delighted with his side on such an emotional day for the club.

“Another tight one,” Williams said.

“Great for the spectators but not good for the coach,” he said in regards the emotional highs and lows.

“Alex Lawrence was great for us, scored the last two tries and was one of our best.”

Bernie and Sally Briggs at Moree in 2015. Moree Boars did Bernie proud with a 26-22 win over Narrabri on Sunday (Image: Bill Poulos)

Moree had a chance to win the game in normal time but a Mick Watton field goal missed so the sides went to extra time 22-all.

Narrabri couldn’t “get hold of the ball”, captain-coach Jake Rumsby said.

“Hardly touched the ball in extra time,” he added.

Moree did and celebrated when Lawrence scored his second try of the game.

“It was a big win for us, massive,” Ben Williams said.

“Alex was great, Brent McDonald had a huge game, played the whole 80 minutes,” he said of the Boar lock.

“He’s played 80 minutes of every game this year, just a tough, hard worker.

“Cameron Rodgers had a big one too. He came off the bench today, his first game back after tearing a tendon and dislocating two fingers. He was real strong. And Jarvis and Mick (Watton) were great. Jarvis started in the centres today and his combination with Mick (his cousin) was outstanding, they know each other’s game.”

It was a game the Blues should have won, said captain-coach, Jake Rumsby.

“We were ahead by 12 with 10 to go,” Rumsby said.

“It caught up with us,” he said of the two previous golden point wins for his side.

“Couldn’t be more proud of the boys though but we shouldn’t have been in that position. Should have shut them out.

“But we were also missing a few today. Had six out, Daniel Jobson (suspended), Caleb Binge (work) as well as Harry Pattison, Jake Nichols, Mitch Dening and Jock Small.

“The boys that have bene filling in have done a great job. Showed a lot of heart today. We’ve just had a horrendous run with injury in both grades.”

Words: Geoff Newling

Image: Bill Poulos

MOREE 26 (Alex Lawrence 2, Joe Wade, Silas Haines, Marshall Barker tries, Michael Watton 3gls) d NARRABRI 22 (Mark Patterson, Lachlan Trindall, Jake Rumsby, Brodie Rumsby tries, Todd Nichols 3gls) in golden point extra time. G4 B&F: 3 Sam Sadler (N), 2 Alex Lawrence (M), 1 Stan Swan (M).

Second grade: MOREE 64 (Dylan Green 4, Conor Ryan 3, Kaedyn Smith 2, Tyler Daley, Adrian Smith, Josh Girard tries, Adrian Smith 7gls) d NARRABRI 0. G4 B&F: 3 Josh Cochrane (M), 2 Adrian Smith (M), 1 Anthony Williams (M).

Ladies League Tag: MOREE 24 (Sheldyn Briggs 2, Codie Ryan 2, Shai-Lee Smith tries, Smith, Tileah McGrady gls) d NARRABRI 4 (Gerri Cruckshank try) G4 B&F: Leila Murray (M), 2 Ange Knox (N), 1 Alyssa McGrady (M).