The Parkes Boars first grade had a gutsy win against a very hyped CSU Mitchell side in front of a vocal home crowd celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mitchell Rugby.
The Boars held on through a 60 minute first half, in a game marked by constant whistle stops, to take the match 35 - 27.
Freddy Tupo opened the scoring for the Boars with a thundering run through the defence to plant the ball under the posts. Luke Bevan had no trouble adding the extras.
Mitchell responded with a try but couldn't get the extras some five minutes later.
Luke Bevan took a 40m shot at a penalty goal to add to Parkes' score.
Sam Davies took flight down the far wing then offloaded to Luke Hutchinson who scored wide on the wing.
With Parkes down to 13 men Mitchell was unable to take advantage.
The Boars' defence through Ben Ryan, Michael Thomas, Rory Nock and Chris Parker held the bigger Mitchell forwards and forced them back at every opportunity.
Mitchell scored from a well executed kick across field to land in the winger's arms 10 metres out, but the conversion went wide.
Luke Bevan capitalised again with a penalty goal 3 minutes before half time to five Parkes an 18-10 lead at half time.
It was Parkes again after the break, when Freddy took another a barging run to score next to the posts and Luke Bevan converted.
CSU responded, and with a change of kicker found the extras.
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There was lots of hard rugby played in the latter stages of the game.
Bevan nailed a penalty goal from the 22m mark, CSU scored a try but missed out on the extras.
In the hustle and bustle on the line, Josh Miles crossed under the posts and Bevan's boot proved good for Parkes once again.
With 12 to go CSU finally found the line, but not the extra points.
Parkes was down to 13 men for the final 10 minutes but held Mitchell out to continue their unbeaten run through the 2021 competition.
The game has been described as brutal, the Boars were outsized by the CSU forward pack but they played smart.
Toby Baigent, Scott Chislett and Jason Lowe never stopped.
Chris Parker, though well outsized and outweighed by his opposite number, was slick and decisive around the break downs.
This week the Boars travel to Dubbo for a Friday night clash with the Rhinos.
Firsts kick off at 7:15pm.
Best and fairest votes
- 3 points: Harry Middleton
- 2 points: Chris Parker
- 1 point: Freddy Tupo
- Players player: Freddy Tupo
CSU Bathurst 27 defeated by Parkes 35 (Freddie Tupou 2, Luke Hitchcock, Joshua Miles tries; Luke Bevan 6 goals)
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