Michael Cain does it again

Blue Boars sink the Pirates in the final minute to score a great come-from-behind win

Michael Cain kicked the winning penalty goal to put Narrabri ahead 38-37 in its one-point win on Saturday against the Pirates.

The Narrabri Blue Boars looked down and out in their round 16 Central North Rugby Union match on Saturday.

Against the first-placed Pirates Narrabri trailed 29-7 with 20 minutes to go, then 34-14 with 14 minutes to go.

However, the visitors refused to give up, and mounted a late surge which saw them trail 37-35 with two minutes to go.

Narrabri won a penalty within kicking distance with a minute remaining.

Just as he did in 2016 at the same venue against the Pirates, Michael Cain stepped up and slotted the ball between the sticks to win the game for the Blue Boars.

The final score read 38-37, a win which earned Narrabri five points and not only secured its spot in the finals, but kept its hopes of hosting the minor semi-final against Walcha alive.

The Blue Boars earned praise from their coach Dylan Duncan after what he described as a great win.

“It felt really good,” Duncan said of his emotions after the match.

“It was a massive fightback, the last 15 minutes was huge.

“Jacob Booby inspired it.

“Jake was one of our best, he was very elusive and he took some tackling.

“He scored one of the best individual tries I’d seen in a long time (for Narrabri’s third).

“He nearly stood up the whole team.

“He got the ball about 70 metres from the tryline and put a couple of fends on stepped half the team and scored besides the posts.”

Duncan also said that Narrabri’s defence was a catalyst for the victory, with the visitors able to mount a comeback due to their efforts in defence throughout the entire game.