The Narrabri Blues’ round 12 Group Four Rugby League first grade contest was a must-win one.
And at Collins Park in front of an excited home crowd the side did just that.
Opponents Dungowan Cowboys arrived in Narrabri with just 12 first grade players at their disposal.
The Blues took full advantage, putting the Cowboys to the sword in a 48-16 win.
Dungowan did its best to stay in the match, and performed respectably with no bench and a player short on the field.
However, Narrabri was dominant in the middle of the field, chewing up the metres and consistently offloading against a Cowboys side which struggled to contain a fired up Narrabri.
The Blues entered half time leading 18-6, with the job certainly not done.
But when Damon Gleeson crossed in the first minute of the second stanza the game was only going in one direction - a big Narrabri win.
The Blues outscored the visitors 30-10 in that second half to win the contest by 32 points.
It was a crucial victory which not only benefitted Narrabri’s chances of making the finals, but gave it hope of hosting the elimination semi-final in week one of the finals series.
The side entered the round in fifth, two points ahead of the sixth-placed Cowboys.
The win saw the Blues move two wins clear of Dungowan with just two rounds remaining.
That means that the only way that Dungowan can keep Narrabri out of the finals is if the Blues lose their final two games and the Cowboys score a win against a heavyweights North Tamworth in the final round following its bye this weekend, and overtake Narrabri on points difference.
Narrabri can still finish fourth, and could rise to that position this weekend. In round 13 the Blues play fourth-placed Werris Creek which they trail by a point.
A win would see Narrabri overtake the Magpies.