Dubbo Roos winger Luke Mannix chips ahead against Forbes on Saturday. He made a big impression and finished with the players’ player award and major points in the best and fairest.An excellent all-round game in attack and defence by Dubbo Roos winger Luke Mannix against Forbes could see him putting up his hand to stay in first grade for the rest of the season.
Nanjing Night Net

The Roos scored two second-half tries to beat Forbes at No.1 Oval on Saturday in the Blowes Menswear Cup, with Mannix cleaning up the best and fairest awards.

He gained top points ahead of forwards Lee Toohey (2) and Tim Berry (1) while he was also players’ player.

Coach Geoff Koerstz said Mannix had been impressive in second grade and deserved his elevation to the top side.

He was never far from the action and very nearly scored early in the game when Paul Elliott chipped over the top of the Forbes’ defence with Mannix reading the ploy but just failing to reach the ball first.

Not long after he showed he can take the heavy stuff as well when a Forbes player was penalised after a high shot on the winger.

As expected against Forbes, it was a real forward battle and probably the honours were shared.

But the Roos were their own worst enemy when three times players dropped the ball in the Forbes quarter when changes of direction came undone.

However down the other end it was Forbes who led 3-0 at half-time following a Troy Howe penalty goal at the 38th minute mark.

Coach Koerstz however wasn’t panicking and called for patience.

“There’s not too much we’re doing wrong,” he said to his players at the break.

“The stoppages are not helping us so we need to pick up the pace, fan out and get the interchange passing going. Even try the kicks in behind their defence, make them turn around.”

Unfortunately for Forbes their chances to break clear came undone when the referee ruled them held up over the line, a decision hotly disputed by the players at the time and also by the Forbes coaching staff.

Not long later under the posts they looked certain to score until winger Tim Anderson knocked the ball forward when set up with a super inside pass from Charlie Dwyer.

Then came two chances for the Roos and they took them with open arms that led to the only two tries of the game.

In the first instance James Skuthorpe scored and then later Johnny Rathbone.

Both were the results of sloppy clean up play from Forbes inside the Roos’ half and they were made to pay with forward rushes that gave them the numbers and that was the section.

Minor grade best and fairest points for the Roos on Saturday were awarded to Brad Pugh in second grade from Andrew Woodcock and Lars Newman (2) and James Elliott and Sam Renneberg (1). Outside centre Brad Pugh was also players’ player.

Roos won that game 31-6 but lost 18-12 in Colts.

Bryce Williams, the Colts’ fly-half had a great game and was players’ player and best and fairest; with James Clarke and Jacob Phillips also polling points.

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