Parkes made it back on the winners list after round five of the 2017 Blowes Clothing Cup after defying a gallant CSU Bathurst at University Oval on Saturday.
The Boars went down to Forbes last weekend, but maintained a place in the first grade top five thanks to the side’s emphatic return to form in Bathurst.
Down on several troops, Israel Symington’s side dug deep, building on a 19-5 half-time lead to secure a 33-22 away victory.
The visiting Boars were never really troubled, first points produced from a wonderful team effort, one that swept Dyllan Phillips down the touchline before the younger winger found Joe Nash in support, the Parkes representative gun crossing for a great five-pointer.
Ben Powlay slotted the conversion from right in front, and Parkes enterprising play was a sign of things to come.
CSU responded immediately though, with an unconverted try out wide but Parkes worked its way back on top thanks mainly to the work of forwards.
That pack work was in full swing when the Boars formed a rolling maul to edge within striking distance of the students’ line, Joe Nash again the beneficiary to cross for his second try.
Powlay again added the extras and Parkes led 14-5, one that was bumped out to 19-5 by the halftime break thanks to a try to Phillips.
With a message to dig deep in the second half fresh in their minds, Parkes’ thundering lock Tohi Tangi Nusipepa barged over under the posts, seemingly dragging the entire CSU defence with him.
Powlay added the extras, but from that moment on the clash swung CSU’s way.
In a blinding resurgence of skill, the shots raced in two tries in six minutes – both of which were unconverted – to shoot CSU Bathurst back into the contest.
Enter Marika Korivoui.
The flying Fijian produced the turning point of the match, collecting a deep kick on his own 15 metre line before racing 80 metres through the students’ defence to rocket Parkes back up field.
Nash crossed for his third moments later to bump the final score out to 33-22.
Best and fairest points: 3 points: Cody Bruce, 2 points Ben Ryan and Leo Havili, 1 point Josh Cornellison. Players player was Rory Nock.