On the defensive

Brad McMillan ready to challenge Dubbo CYMS for the ball.

Brad McMillan ready to challenge Dubbo CYMS for the ball.

The Magpies are still sitting on one win from the beginning of the season after a 40-12 defeat by Dubbo CYMS.

The CYMS took the initiative early on, opening with a 6-0 lead, forcing the Magpies on the defensive for much of the game.

Magpies first grade coach Cameron Greenhalgh said the Magpies weren’t urgent enough in pressuring the CYMS early on.

“If you’re not urgent with a team like the CYMS, they will make you pay,” he said.

The Magpies rallied late in the second half, with Ben McGuire bringing the score to 36-6 with just over seven minutes left on the clock.

CYMS struck back several minutes later, but failed to increase their lead further with the conversion.

Forbes lifted after Dubbo’s final try, Ben McGuire again crossed the line as the full-time siren sounded – raising the final score to 40-12 with a conversion.

Cameron Greenhalgh said the Magpies finished strong, but needed to work on holding the ball. 

“It’s an indication of the type of footy we can play,” he said.

Next week, the Magpies will host Narromine Jets, who will be looking for their first win of the season.

The results of the weekend sees CYMS alone at the top of the Group 11 ladder on six points, followed by Wellington, Macquarie and Parkes on four.

Nyngan, Forbes and Westside all have two points after starting the season one from three, while Narromine sit alone at the bottom of the table without a win.

In the Reserve Grade, the Magpies lost by 14-12.