Strong Response from Gorillas First Loss in Years
Saturday was the Gorillas Ladies Day at Cale Oval, and what a fitting start to have the Women win a close contest against the Dubbo Rhinos. There are signs that the women are really starting to gel as they found ways to capitalise on what little possession they had. A strong defensive effort from Jess Brown, Sophie Currey and Sarah Mallon kept the Rhinos score down even as they had more time with the ball.
The Gorillas front row set a strong foundation from their set piece allowing Tahlia O’Rourke and Jamielee Elwin to generate momentum and link up with Beth Stace and Larissa Kennedy to post some 5 pointers. A conversion from Elwin being the difference in the end with a 19 to 17 final scoreline.
The Narromine 2nd Grade completed an unbeaten round winning 15 to 7, and having now played all sides once. Returning home, Players-player Harry Tuck has already proven he is a real asset getting through a mountain of work and showing his strength against a large Rhinos pack. Angus Wilson showed some flair with a swift catch-and-pass to put Ryan Pratten over for a try. Irishman John O’Meara had the sides other try sneaking down the blind-side off a scrum and over the line. This continues a run of form for O’Meara who is getting some regular time on the field in 1st Grade.
After being caught out by CSU last week in their first loss in a long time the Gorillas 1st Grade executed a strong response at the weekend closing out the day 93 – 10 against the Dubbo Rhinos. A number of changes from last week saw the Gorillas post a more standard side with Tim Gainsford returning to the centres with youngster Sam Green, allowing captain Tim Allworth back to the forwards with Sam McLeod, also returning from a week off. The outcome was a very fast game of rugby with plenty of meters being made from every phase, coupled with some solid support play and pin-point passing out wide, the Gorillas back-line tallied 14 of the sides 15 tries. Hat-tricks to Jake Brennan, Jonathon Sharkey and George Hancock with the days players-player and youngest team-mate Sam Green bagging a double.
It seems the stench of last weeks loss to CSU will linger for the remainder of the season however, as sidelined coach Craig Campbell used every stoppage to challenge his side to be better despite the compounding scoreline. The Rhinos played hard and uncompromising rugby and held up a strong scrum showing Campbell that there’s work to be done.
We’re away in Mudgee next week, returning to Cale Oval on the 25th May v Parkes for the Red Cross Shield.