Bluetongues succumb to Boars’ roar

THE Batemans Bay Boars overcame a “sluggish start” on Saturday to record a solid 47-10 win over the Bombala Bluetongues at Hanging Rock Oval.With the Boars struggling for field position early on, Bombala took the lead in the 12th minute when Ashley Ranby crossed after Reece Crouch’s delightful flick pass.Despite conceding the first try, Bay captain-coach Dave Silversides said it was no real cause for concern.“Not at this point of the year because there has been a lot of byes and it’s been really stop-start for the past six or seven weeks,” he said.“I’ve been utilising a variety of players in various positions and when you do that, sometimes you can have a bit of a sluggish start.”The Boars failed to react immediately and they could’ve gone even further behind five minutes later but Dane Cotteril sent his penalty goal attempt wide.That warning sign finally clicked the Boars into gear and they took the lead in the 22nd minute when James Bell barged over from close range before flyhalf Dave Warner added the extras.Silversides’ team then made the most of its newfound momentum when fullback Cory Maddison, who was superb for the Boars, finished off a slick backline move for 14-5.The home side started to assert its dominance and had a third try just three minutes later.Saxton DeThierry drew two defenders and put winger Ashlee Reid into space, who put on the afterburners to stroll under the posts untouched.Warner slotted the simple conversion attempt to make the score 21-5 and leave the visitors somewhat shell-shocked.But the Boars’ first-half scoring spree wasn’t over and four minutes before the interval they went further ahead when Bell’s perfectly timed pass allowed Warner to touch down.He dusted himself off to convert his own try and send the Boars into half time with a healthy 28-5 lead.Steve Fitzgerald kept the scoreboard ticking in the 50th minute when he forced his way through the Bombala defence from 10 metres out.The Boars scored two more converted tries before Cotteril responded with a penalty.“It was another good result. Bombala gave us a really physical game but the score line of 47-10 probably indicates the balance of the match,” Silversides said.Follow @Dean_Benson14NoneThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.