An under-strength Camels side came up against a strong Nyngan team in the opening round of the 2019 Western Plains Rugby season on Saturday.
The Bulls were keen to get revenge for last year’s loss to the Camels and they did, crushing the Camels 50-0.
The first half went all Nyngan’s way, with the Camels struggling to get their hands on the ball and lacking cohesion in defence.
Nyngan went to the break 31-0 up.
The Camels regrouped in the second half and had a number of scoring opportunities that failed at the last pass. Nyngan hit back with a couple of late tries to take the final score to
50-0. Despite the lack of cohesion a number of the Camels stood out with Zach Finn at fullback having a great game in attack and defence to shut down a number of Nyngan raids.
Young Lochlan Ford showed his spirit up against a Jonah Lomu-sized Fijian winger from Nyngan, coming at him all day.
Best and Fairest three points went to Sitiveni Taumalolo at inside centre, two points went to Sam Jeffrey who performed well in the lineouts for his first game, and one point was shared between Ford, Jake Harbison and Todd Gauci.
Gauci and Tony Jacklin shared the Players’ Player award. This week the Camels have a tough road trip to Walgett.—contributed