NHRU: Nelson Bay Gropers, Medowie Marauders post mixed results in Boyd Oval clash with Merewether Carlton

Nelson Bay Gropers v Merewether Carlton at Boyd Oval, Medowie on Saturday, July 28. Picture: Facebook/Nelson Bay Rugby Union
Nelson Bay Gropers v Merewether Carlton at Boyd Oval, Medowie on Saturday, July 28. Picture: Facebook/Nelson Bay Rugby Union

There was a rugby union showdown at Boyd Oval at the weekend where Nelson Bay and Medowie went up against competition heavyweights Merewether Carlton.

All three premier grade teams – premier one and two for the Gropers and three for the Marauders – faced Merewether at Boyd Oval, coming as part of Medowie’s charity round, three weeks out from semi-finals.

Saturday’s physical encounter that saw the Greens snatch a 27-27 draw on the bell with the Bay’s premier one side. 

After two yellow cards against the Gropers in the first half the Bay’s defence was outstanding to keep the game even at half time

Two classy tries to flying winger Orisi Vosuga and one to barnstorming flanker Sapati Peniata plus an inspired scrumming effort near the Carlton line resulted in a penalty try to the Gropers.

Medowie Marauders v Merewether Carlton at Boyd Oval, Medowie on Saturday, July 28. Picture: Facebook/Medowie and Districts Rugby Union Club

Medowie Marauders v Merewether Carlton at Boyd Oval, Medowie on Saturday, July 28. Picture: Facebook/Medowie and Districts Rugby Union Club

They led 27-20 with minutes left on the clock.

However, Merewether regained the ball from the kick off to force a draw.

The Gropers’ forward pack led by Casey Watson and Ben Whaler dominated the Greens and clever five eight Michael Wiringi sparked plenty of attacking raids across the park.

In premier two the Bay came away with a resounding 41-7 defeat. The Marauders went down to Merewether 20-14.

The teams are away to Maitland this Saturday.

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