Dubbo’s Tim Berry and Narromine fullback Scott Burgess get up close and personal during their Blowes Menswear Cup match at No.1 Oval. Both had outstanding games.Dan Maroulis and his Narromine Gorillas have their Blowes Menswear Cup defence on track judging by their determined 38 to18 victory against an equally determined Dubbo Roos.
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The biggest crowd of the season at No.1 Oval on Saturday watched the round 13 clash and while the Roos didn’t win for their fans, the players could certainly hold their heads high after making the visitors work hard for their points.

The Maroulis-captained Gorillas were taken on and held in the forwards by the home side in a game that players from both sides didn’t ask for or receive any favours. It was without doubt the toughest game seen in Dubbo this season.

Narromine led 14 to 11 at half-time on the back of three penalty goals by Scott Burgess and a 37th minute try by Cockatoos No.8 Lachie McCutcheon. Down the other end, Luke Mannix scored a great try for the Roos and Kieran Smith booted two penalty goals.

At this staged the game was evenly poised and the determination, especially in the tackles, was obvious after the resumption when Narromine fly-half Josh Laurie was yellow carded for a late tackle on Smith after the fullback had delivered a clearing kick.

Smith was taken from the field in pain and didn’t return.

Two minutes later Roos’ lock James Skuthorp also received a yellow card for a high tackle and if it was possible both packs became even more fired up.

Earlier Roos’ captain Paul Elliott smashed Ryan Pratten with a legitimate ball and a tackle that required the half-back to go to the blood bin and receive treatment for a cut lip.

With the penalties coming their way two to one, Narromine was table to dominate field position in the last 40 minutes and turn that pressure into three tries.

The only time Roos got down the other end was when Tim Berry toed a ball through to score late in the game.

Narromine took its six-point advantage at half-time to 17 to 11 with another Burgess penalty goal and two minutes later Doug Potter scored a great winger’s try down the left flank. Burgess added the conversion from the sideline and for the first time Narromine had some breathing space leading 24 to 11.

Narromine was denied a third try after Ryan Pratten crossed but a penalty was awarded to the Roos when a defender was held back.

Two minutes later captain Maroulis charged across and right on fulltime Narromine ranked up their bonus point when McCutcheon scored for his second of the game.

Narromine’s charge was helped with an 8 to 4 penalty count in the first half, finishing 6 to 3 up in the second period, an overall tally of 14 to 7.

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