Magpies move on in finals

Forbes Magpies reserve grade continue to show the grit and determination which has been at the forefront of their 2012 Group 11 rugby league campaign from the time coach Ben Gunn phoned around searching for a side at the start of the season.

Last Saturday was one of their best displays, especially the second half, in accounting for the Cobar Roosters 30-22 in the elimination semi final at Wellington.

The Magpies had to pull out all stops during the final 35 minutes after being down 18-6 at half time.

The Magpies opened the scoring to lead 6-0 early only to surrender that lead to three converted tries to Cobar to trail at the break.

“When we played to the game plan we looked good, but we played into the hands of the very big Cobar team with some simple mistakes,” team manager Butch Wooldridge said.

“What Ben (Gunn) spoke to the players at half time centred on playing to our game plan and to play Cobar in their half, then the game will turn.

“With some astute kicking and running wide they scored four converted tries to one with Cobar scoring their last try in the 68th minute.

“Every player contributed to the victory,” Wooldridge said.

The Magpies forwards were well led by Troy Hodges, Aiden Ball charged at the line while hooker Matt Roylance contributed with a lot of running from dummy half.

Gunn also had a strong game in both attack and defence to be rewarded with two tries.

Matt Morris had a busy game at half back as did Kye Merrit with direction in attack to his outside backs, led by Les Pitt and Tom Bourke who made inroads in attack.

Forbes reserve grade players Craig Parsons, Ben Gunn, Les Pitt and Mitch Goodsell after defeating Cobar last weekend.

The experience of Andrew Burton again stood out at fullback with a solid game, his contribution in the final next weekend will be a key factor towards a Magpies win.

Wingers Jake Tattersall and Brodie Phillips also had strong games.

“We are very fortunate to have the players who sit on the bench for us every week who also contribute very much in every game,” Wooldridge added.

Forbes 30 (B Gunn 2, M Roylance, L Pitt, M Morris tries, M Morris kicked five from five in an excellent display. Player’s player was Ben Gunn).

Forbes will now play Wellington in the final this weekend with the winner to play Dubbo Macquarie in the grand final in two weeks.

The ‘Reggies’ would like to thank the supporters who travelled to Wellington to support them and for Benji D’Ombrain who sat at the time table.

“We look forward to similar support next weekend,” Wooldridge said.

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