ORL hits Menindee
Saturday, 19th May, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
The Outback Rugby League ventures back up the Menindee Road to Burke and Wills Oval for round three today that sees a Wilcannia derby open the day.
Parntu Warriors and Wilcannia Boomerangs kick off proceedings at 11:30am in what should be a cracking contest between two fierce rivals.
The Warriors are unlucky to be winless after two games considering they’ve scored at least 30 points in each. They fell to the Saints in round one and then lost a nail-biter to the Menindee Wedge-Tail Eagles by two points last weekend in Broken Hill.
The Boomers, on the other hand, sit second on the ladder with two wins. They thumped Broken Hill United in round one before another easy win, this time in a grand final rematch against the Saints.
With the Boomers unlikely to give up as many points as most other teams, the Warriors will need to improve their defence to have a chance in this one. So far they’ve conceded 88 points in just two games compared to 30 by the Boomerangs.
Up next will be the Eagles and United with the Eagles looking to build upon their great win last week against Parntu while United will just be eager to open their 2018 account with a win.
With only 10 rounds in the season, going 0-3 to start the season will make playing finals very tough and so United need to get going today.
Last season’s ORL MVP Jayson Higgins was United’s best, scoring a hat-trick, but defensively they couldn’t stop the Menindee Yabbies who crossed for eight tries.
The Eagles were led by star recruit Lisiate Talalima who scored three tries in their win last week and also slotted five goals.
United will never give up the fight but the Eagles might have a bit too much firepower especially at home.
To finish the day will be the Saints taking on the top of the table Yabbies who look a completely different team to last season thanks to the emergence of Kasey Shillingsworth and Sinele King.
The pair of young guns combined for five tries last week and the Saints can ill-afford to let them run rampant again today or they could rip this game open.
Dwayne Morgan was the lone bright spot for the Saints in last week’s loss to the Boomers. He scored two tries and kicked two goals as well as they lost 36-16.
The Yabbies look like a good thing this season and will be hard to beat at home but the Saints showed in round one that they can win on the road.