Ball’s in the Blues’ court now

Narrabri leaps into second after 64-point derby win against Wee Waa

Narrabri's Daniel Howe runs at Wee Waa's Scott Spencer on Sunday at Collins Park.

For the first time since round nine the Narrabri Blues are back in the top two.

And it is now in their hands whether or not they remain there come the end of both round 15 and the regular season in two weekends time.

Narrabri takes on fourth-placed Collegian on Sunday in Tamworth, in a match which it is widely expected to win.

It then meets Gunnedah away from home in the final round of the regular season.

That match will more than likely see the sides battle for second, given the fact that the Bulldogs are also expected to win their round 14 match on Sunday against the Robins at home.

All that is due to the results which emerged from round 13 over the weekend.

Narrabri beat Wee Waa 82-18, and Gunnedah lost to North Tamworth 44-18.

That saw Norths move into outright first on 22 points, and Narrabri move even on 20 points with Gunnedah, but overtake it on points difference.

The Narrabri Shire first grade derby on Sunday was a high-scoring affair.

And it was a hungry Blues side which did most of that scoring.

The home side led 32-18 at the break, but gelled in the second half to run over the top of the Panthers 50-0 in the second stanza and secure the two points with a 64-point victory.

Brenton Cochrane was again too hot to handle for Wee Waa.

Playing in the number 13 jersey he crossed for four tries, and made a significant amount of metres.

Riley Tout was the man-of-the-match, scoring the three Group Four best and fairest points.

Another standout for the Blues was Isaiah Adams.

Usually the side’s left winger, Adams filled in at halfback with Justin Knight, Toby Bentley and Hayden Bell all unavailable.

He picked up two best and fairest points.

He partnered Group Four First Division second grade leading pointscorer Blake Hilderson in the halves, and the pair controlled most of the match, especially in the second half.

Other tryscorers for the Blues were Sean Smith, Sean Russ and Daniel Howe who each grabbed doubles, and Lachie Cameron, Jock Small, Hilderson, Adams, and Adam Suckling who went over for one each.