First grade Boars

Parkes started well and in the opening stanza matched the Emus intensity.

However it didn’t take long for the polished Emus to show why they are clear leaders in the Blowes Cup competition.

Parkes had several new players and a few old hands in new positions that were against a team that showed the benefit of a season of stability and depth.

The Boars played as well as they could with some passages that challenged the home side managing to score and with two tries held up over the line.

But the Emus defended fiercely whenever the Boars attacked and were particularly good at the breakdowns using their large loose forwards to deny Parkes of possession.

Parkes defence was solid and as Emus had much of the possession Parkes were forced to defend for much of the game.

Joe Nash had a great game and defended well and scored a brilliant try twisting out of two tackles and beating a desperate tackle by Emus Nigel Staniforth to get over the line.

Dan Ryan got over the line but was held up by a dogged Emus defence.

Leo Llalio was one of the best for the Boars and matched up to the big Emus pack making plenty of metres up the centre with charging runs into the Emus defence.

Ben Powaly in the centres did a massive amount of defence and combined with Dan Ryan to put on some great moves to slice through the Emus defence.

No one in the Boars side worked harder than Toby Baigent who ran on at No.8 and has been one of the Boars best and most consistent all season.

But as good as the Boars were in defence the Emus were able to punch through with hard straight running. 

Emus were particularly good at off loading at the tackle and as much as the Boars would pick off individual runners  Emus always had players in support to continue the attack. Emus ran in eventual winners 75-5.

Boars hope round out the season with some wins with the two remaining games at home.

Best for Boars Toby Baigent, Leo LLalio, Joe Nash and Jon Rathbone.