The Narrabri Blue Boars entered round 15 of the 2018 Central North Rugby Union season knowing that a win would greatly benefit their finals hopes.
And the side certainly delivered, scoring an important bonus point victory.
At Dangar Park in front of a home crowd the Blue Boars scored a 36-0 win to move 10 points clear of fifth spot with just three rounds remaining.
With a home game against a struggling Quirindi to be played in just under a fortnight’s time, the side’s round 15 victory looks set to be have scored it a spot in this year’s first grade finals series.
Meanwhile the second grade side’s quest for the minor premiership took a slight blow in a 31-27 loss against the Highlanders, while the Narrabri women’s sevens side won both of its contests.
The first grade team’s 36-0 defeat of the visiting Inverell Highlanders saw Narrabri rise 10 points above the fifth-placed Barraba Rams, which were hammered 68-18 by third-placed Walcha on Saturday.
Walcha continued to pester the Blue Boars.
The two sides have been locked on equal points for the past three weeks, with both picking up bonus point victories in their past three respective matches.
Walcha has led all three weeks due to a superior points difference.
On Saturday the Blue Boars led Inverell 12-0 at the break.
The side scored one converted try and one unconverted try in the opening 40 minutes.
In the second stanza Narrabri ran in four tries, two of which were converted, which saw the home side claim a 36-point win and a clean sheet in the process.