Platypi romp home over Dubbo Rhinos

Jarrod Hall fights his way through Dubbo Rhinos defenders on Saturday. Photo courtesy Alison Uphill.

Jarrod Hall fights his way through Dubbo Rhinos defenders on Saturday. Photo courtesy Alison Uphill.

Saturday was a big day at home for the Forbes Platypi with wins in all grades against Dubbo Rhinos.

Forbes’ Colts side were first to take the field and although they were down at half time, they came back in the second half to steal the win 31-24.

The wolf pack had a huge win in second grade – securing a 102-5 victory over the visitors to sit at the top of the competition ladder on equal points with Orange Emus.

First grade had a comprehensive victory, the scoreboard read 81-14 at full time.

It was a good opportunity for the Platypi to test some new strategies with success.

Coach Heamani Lavaka has been working on some direct plays at training, but they hadn’t come off on the field until Saturday.

“That was the proving thing for first grade,” the club’s Phil Prior said.

“It was pleasing to see that start to come together.”

The Platypi are pleased to welcome Charlie French home from representative duties for next weekend’s trip to Dubbo to meet the Dubbo Roos. 

The Country Cockatoos beat Brumbies Provincial 50-34 in Canberra on the weekend and next take on Queensland Country Heelers on 1 July in Newcastle.

The Platypi will be pleased to have the prop back in blue next weekend as they face the tougher of the Dubbo clubs.

“We are taking our A game, that’s for sure,” Prior said.

“We are working on our set pieces this week – our scum and lineout need to be spot on.

“And our intensity at the break down needs to lift again.”

In the weekend’s other Blowes Clothing Cup games:

Bathurst went down to Emus 15-29;

Orange City and Parkes tied 17-17;

Mudgee and CSU Bathurst tied 22-22;

Dubbo defeated Cowra 52-8.

The Emus remain undefeated and Forbes will be mentally preparing to meet their rivals back at South Circle on July 1.

Mudgee and the students have yet to register a win out of nine games this season, both had a draw this week.

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