A HAT-TRICK from Central West Blue Bulls representative Lochie Robinson wasn’t quite enough to get CSU over the line in their New Holland Agriculture Cup away meeting with competition leaders Narromine Gorillas.
The visitors took the fight to Narromine but came up short in a 46-29 loss. The Gorillas’ Charlie Tuck was the star performer with four tries.
CSU can count themselves unlucky to be sitting at the bottom of the ladder following narrow losses to the Blayney Rams (36-25), Dubbo Rhinos (12-9), Parkes Boars (29-25) and now Saturday’s defeat against the unbeaten Gorillas.
Coach Luke Kelly believes, with those close results from the opening rotation of matches, his side can still be a force in the competition.
“The results show that any team can win on their day,” he said.
“This competition is still wide open one third of the way through and we’re no closer to knowing who our grand finalists will be.”
CSU got within three points inside the final quarter of the match but the Gorillas’ class under pressure was on full display.
“We were thinking to ourselves ‘We might get the upset of the year here’ but a big credit to Narromine, they’re such a strong team,” Kelly said.
“We’re the first team to really take it to them. We thought they might crumble under pressure but to their credit they handled it really well.
“We scored some incredible tries out there and we can score from anywhere. That’s one of this teams’ big strengths.
“I thought Tommy Graham did an excellent job out there. He forced several turnovers. Cam Norris played a full game of seconds and then a full game in first grade, which was a huge effort.”