The Boars travelled to Narromine to contest the annual Red Cross Charity Shield, and returned to Parkes with a 25-19 victory under their belts.
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Jake Dooley put the first points on the board for Parkes three minutes into the game, running in a 15 metre try through the scattered Narromine defence.
Narromine went on the attack but the Boars defence was outstanding, keeping them welded to the 22 metres line from the restart. The Parkes forwards tackled and held through six phases of play until the ref found an infringement and set the scrum.
Luke Bevan took a floating intercept and ran the ball 40 metre to score under the posts before converting his own try, giving Parkes a handy 12-0 lead in the first 15 minutes.
Parkes attacked but the Narromine defence held as scrum after scrum was placed in and around the 10 metre line before an attempt to kick clear found the hands of Joe Nash.
Nash sent it to the hands of a flying Luke Bevan before he offloaded with beautiful execution to Curtis Davis for a try under the posts. Even the Narromine crowd were appreciative of the play! Bevan converted to give the Boars a 19-0 lead.
The Gorillas were unable to penetrate the Boars defence despite several strong phases of play which pushed the Boars back up the field, taking the Boars into the sheds at half-time with a 22-nil lead.
Never underestimate the Gorillas though, they are renowned for regrouping and having a strong second half as the Boars have been witness to on many occasion.
On cue Narromine's Jake Brennan found a gap after a rolling maul took the ball within 10 metres of the Narromine line and he crossed out wide with the conversion unsuccessful.
A yellow card to the Boars saw them down to 14 players with 20 minutes to go, just as the Gorillas were lifting.
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Narromine pushed hard with big prop Charlie Tuck getting the ball across the line after a strong pick and drive by The conversion was good and just like that the rugby match was on. Parkes 22-Narromine 12.
Both sides were fighting hard and started to show fatigue until an infringement from Narromine gave Luke Bevan a chance at goal 40 metres out. He scored giving Parkes a 25-12 lead.
With 12 minutes to go and Parkes still down to 14 men Narromine attacked with phase after phase of play on the line.
The ball was over the line, but after 15 men were lifted off the ball, Parkes had it. The scrum was set on the line and the Boars got a clearing kick to send the ball back to the half way.
With three minutes to go Narromine scored a consolation try, taking the final score to 25-19.
Parkes took the match, the boat race and the Red Cross Shield, which was presented after the match.
Next week the Boars travel to Mudgee where all three teams will meet the Wombats in their home burrow.
New Holland Cup First Grade: Parkes Boars 25 (Jake Dooley, Luke Bevan, Curtis Davies tries; Bevan 4 goals) defeated Narromine Gorrillas 19 (Jakob Brennan 2, Charles Tuck tries; Alex Heap 2 goals) at Cale Oval, Narromine.
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