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Wade Park Orange
Cyms – 6 Pathers – 66
Mudgee are the benchmark team of the Group 10 Peter McDonald Premiership after a powerful victory against Orange Hawks at Glen Willow.Their big, experienced names stepped up, with Jack Beasley and Jack Littlejohn both bagging a handful of tries. While exciting Hawks under 18s-star Harry Wald, elevated into the top ranks, did score for the Hawks and also the ever-reliable Ryan Manning. In the end, the Dragons had too much firepower to win 44-16.The Hawks surprisingly forfeited the League Tag, but they again impressed in Under 18s 32-10, Mudgee drawing with Hawks in Reserve Grade.St Pats downed Lithgow Workies 38-26 and have edged into second spot.
At Wade Park, CYMS took the League Tag and under 18s easily against the Bathurst Panthers but on ‘Sponsors Day’ they were up against it in the top grade.
The game’s cellar dweller began like they weren’t at the bottom when Coach and star prop Ethan McKellar stormed over after 5 minutes coming off a close quarter pass and was unstoppable near the line, but it got the opposition fired up, and it became a horror show from that moment on.
The Panthers piled on 13 tries getting the ball wide and, on the edges, big centre Dillon Adroile busting opened up CYMS wide. Hayden Edwards, elevated from the 18s, was brilliant on the far side scoring spectacular tries wide.
CYMS have suffered some big defeats, but they are in a major rebuilding phase, so they are blooding new players. They meet their local nemesis Orange Hawks, next week.