Moree Bulls defeat Quirindi Lions in round 12 of Central North Rugby Union

FRIENDLY RIVALRY: Ben Mulligan pushes away his coach Sylvester Joseph, who pulled on a Lions jersey to help out the understrength visitors. Photo: Sophie Harris
FRIENDLY RIVALRY: Ben Mulligan pushes away his coach Sylvester Joseph, who pulled on a Lions jersey to help out the understrength visitors. Photo: Sophie Harris

The Moree Bulls have recorded their biggest win of the season, with a 90-point slamming of an understrength Quirindi Lions side on Saturday.

With Quirindi's first grade side out of action due to funeral commitments, the Lions were only able to bring their second grade side to Moree on Saturday, so to make it fair, Moree's reserve grade players took to the field against the visitors.

The Lions were still short, so Moree loaned them a number of players on the day, including Bulls second grade coach Sylvester Joseph, who pulled on the boots for the first time this season.

Despite the help, the top-of-the-table Bulls second grade side proved no match for the visitors and won the match 97-7.

It was a team effort for the Bulls, with Jordan Cosh scoring three times, Jayden Walker twice and Todd Brannan, William Clark, Mitchell Laughton, Brett Wright, Will Smith, Byron Birch, Ben Mulligan, Andrew Fuller, Maciu Latabua and Sam Copeman each crossing the line.

While it was the two reserve grade teams who played off, the points were recorded in first grade, with the second grade match technically deemed a Quirindi forfeit.

The Bulls will travel to Bingara this Saturday, July 13 to take on the Barraba Rams in round 13 of Central North competition.

Bulls first grade coach Damien Kelly said they should be nearly at full strength, minus Matthew Wannan.

"We should play well, although they're hard to beat over there," he said.

The Bulls are looking to take a bus to Bingara to make a day of it.