Narrabri’s sevens side beats Pirates

Blue Boars women going from strength to strength

Narrabri’s women’s sevens player April Smith set up her side’s first try, scored the second and added the extras after the third in the Blue Boars’ 21-5 victory against the top-ranked Pirates.

The Tamworth Pirates arrived at Dangar Park on Saturday afternoon having won 10 times from as many attempts in the 2018 Central North Rugby Union Women’s Sevens season.

In front of a home crowd the Blue Boars became the first team to defeat the top-ranked side.

Narrabri and Pirates were scheduled to play two matches on the day, before and after the reserve grade contest between the two clubs.

However only the first of those went ahead, with Tamworth forfeiting the second game. That was after Narrabri won the first game 21-5.

The Pirates showed just why they entered their 11th match of the campaign undefeated, crossing for a try after just 20 seconds.

But from there the Blue Boars proved that they were one of the teams to watch in 2018.

The home side crossed for two tries in the first half.

Emma Marvel scored the first of those in the third minute of the seven-minute half.

Narrabri fed a scrum on its own 10-metre line, and the ball was spread right to April Smith who passed wider to Marvel.

Marvel sped down the right wing, running 85 metres to open the home side’s account.

A minute before half time Smith crossed for one of her own.

Both of those tries were converted by Kylie Carrigan, which made the half time score 14-5.

Narrabri’s Abby McClure scored the only try of the second half, running 50 metres to ground the ball under the posts following a line break on halfway.

Smith converted that try which made the score final score 21-5.

Those results saw Narrabri earn nine of a possible 10 points on the day.