Spirited Boars effort falls just short

Boars forward Ben Ryan attempted to break this tackle against Emus. subParkes Boars came within seven points of springing a major upset in their Blowes Clothing Cup match against Orange Emus at Northparkes Oval last Saturday.

Early in the second half, everything appeared to be going to plan for the visiting Emus as they were cruising with a 24 point lead.

In a show of great spirit, the Boars sprung to life and scored three unanswered tries to put a real scare through the second-placed team’s travelling supporters.

The high-flying Emus were able to hang on for a 24-17 win but the Boars can take a lot of pride from their performance.

Despite missing key players Jonnie Rathbone (work) and captain Israel Symington (injury), the Boars put in one of their better performances for the season.

After a bone-rattling opening 30 minutes, Emus ran in two tries in the final minutes of the half to head into the break up 10-nil.

Two more tries early in the second half, along with two conversions, pushed the score out to 24-nil.

Queue the Boars’ fightback.

After 60 minutes, strong work from Matt Hunter and Sam Standen saw Derrick Thomson scythe through the Emus defence to open the scoring for the Boars.

Five minutes later, there was no stopping Richard Webb on his way to a five-pointer as he issued a big “don’t-argue” on an Orange defender before crossing for the home side’s second.

Max Keith stepped up to slot the conversion home for 24-12 with 15 minutes remaining.

When James Peters crossed after a powerful Parkes scrum, the momentum had fully swung the way of the home side and the Emus were forced to hold on.

The Boars couldn’t make any further inroads into the Emus’ lead and the visitors finished with a seven point win and the four competition points.

Earlier, the Boars Second grade team scored their first win of the season, upsetting second-placed Emus 17-15.

The Boars Colts won a thrilling match 15-14 to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

ORANGE EMUS 24 (Tim Alison, Nas Havealeta, Tom Green, Andrew Cosgrove tries; Nigel Staniforth 2 conv) def PARKES BOARS 17 (Derrick Thomson, Richard Webb, James Peters tries; Max Keith 1 conv).

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