Moree Boars defeat Glen Innes Magpies

STANDOUT: Conor Ryan dives for the try line as two approaching Magpie players attempt to hold him up during the first grade match on Sunday. Photo: Deb Holland.

STANDOUT: Conor Ryan dives for the try line as two approaching Magpie players attempt to hold him up during the first grade match on Sunday. Photo: Deb Holland.

Moree Boars first grade side secured a much-needed win on Sunday against the Glen Innes Magpies.

The sixth-placed Boars defeated the visitors 56-16, restoring some confidence in the team following the previous week’s loss to their hometown rivals, Moree Boomerangs.

First grade coach Ronald Prince said his side stepped up, showing the strong, cohesive team he knows they can be.

“The boys went really well, they played well as a team,” he said. “It was good to see everyone pitch in and do a good job. We needed a win like that to get our season back on track.”

Although the 40-point score difference suggests otherwise, Prince said Glen Innes were a tough team and kept fighting until the very end.

“They started off pretty strong; it was pretty tight until we got a couple of tries and skipped away, but they never gave up,” he said.

“It wasn’t an easy win, we had to fight for a lot of our tries. It was a good game.”

It wasn't an easy win, we had to fight for a lot of our tries. - Ronald Prince, Moree Boars first grade coach

Improved discipline and a strong forward pack proved a winning combination for the home side. Brent McDonald, Conor Ryan, Cameron Rodgers, Darryl Ellis and Stand Swan were standouts on Sunday, although Prince said the whole team played well.

“It was a really good team, you couldn’t single one player out,” he said.

While their attack was strong, defence is an area the Boars still need to work on after letting in a couple of tries on Sunday.

KEY PLAYER: Brent McDonald looks to pass the ball after half-time on Sunday. Photo: Deb Holland.

KEY PLAYER: Brent McDonald looks to pass the ball after half-time on Sunday. Photo: Deb Holland.

“There’s still plenty to work on but it was good to get our feet back in the right direction,” Prince said.

Reserve grade continued their good season with a 46-10 win over the Magpies, while the under 18s and women’s league tag sides weren’t as successful, going down 36-10 and 20-14 respectively.

“Our league tag girls are doing well and under 18s are getting better,” Prince said.

“It was a great day, hopefully we can make this week and the next even better.”

This Sunday, June 25 the Boars host the Narwon Eels at home for the Beanies for Brain Cancer round.

“It will be a good match,” Prince said. “They beat us when we travelled to Narwon, so we need to beat them this time around.”

The following week will see the Boars play at home for the third time in what will be an extra special match celebrating the life of one of their greats, the late Bernie Briggs.

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