The Boorowa Rovers continued on their winning ways last Saturday making it five straight victories in a hard fought encounter against the Boomanulla Raiders.
After being locked at 10 all at halftime, Boorowa ran in three second half tries to one to secure two valuable competition points and remain well entrenched in the top five.
Boorowa looked impressive early on and took just three minutes to post first points through a strong run by Michael McNamara for a 4-0 lead.
Both sides then had their attacking chances with Boomanulla failing to capitalise on a 40-20 kick whilst Boorowa also missed several opportunities.
The Rovers scored their second try when Mick Hinds delivered the final pass of a good backline movement to Justin Corkery who planted the ball for a four pointer.
The conversion by Andrew Burns saw Boorowa go to a 10-0 lead.
The game then began to heat up with Boorowa losing Steven Death to the sin bin for ten minutes whilst Boomanulla also lost a player for an unusual period of 15 minutes in the bin.
It was Boomanulla who reaped the benefits of 12 on 12 posting two tries before halftime to lock the scores up at 10-10.
The second half began with some entertaining attack by the Rovers.
Boorowa opened the scoring in the second half when Matt Batt crossed for a converted try to make it 16-10 after eight minutes of the second half.
Boorowa did make some crucial errors with an undisciplined penalty allowing Boomanulla to go on the attack.
Just when it looked as though the Raiders may level it up, Justin “Hayne Plane” Corkery swooped on an intercept to sprint 90 meters to score and bust the game wide open at 22-10.
Boomanulla continued to keep on coming at the Rovers despite losing another player to the sin bin.
Boorowa failed to make the Raiders pay though and it was Boomanulla who scored from a Boorowa kick and get back to within six points of the Rovers at 22-16.
An enterprising move and a kick through saw Steven Death plant the ball millimetres within the field of play only to have the referee disallow the try.
The bunker “Sharon Hinds Photography” clearly showed the try was good much to the disappointment of Steven who managed to earn himself a second stint of ten minutes on the bench and first use of the change rooms with just seven minutes left.
Not long after, Boorowa did manage to seal the match through a try in the corner to captain coach Josh Burns which was converted from the sideline by brother Andrew Burns for a 28-16 lead.
In the post match wrap, coach Burns whilst happy with the two points, was a little disappointed in the overall performance.
He emphasised the performance was not up to their established standards and that more hard work in the coming weeks at training will ensure they are ready for the run home.
He acknowledged Boomanulla are a talented team and played some good football.
Boorowa do expect a few players back in coming weeks to further strengthen the squad.
In other games last weekend North Canberra 78 thumped ADFA 0, Binalong 20 beat Bungendore 18 and Crookwell overcame the UC Grizzlies 26-10.
Harden and Gunning had a bye.
Boorowa take on the struggling Gunning Roos this weekend and whilst the Rovers should win well, Gunning will no doubt lift a gear or two for this derby.
The Rovers are heading into a bye and will want to go into the break in top form.
The Rovers next home game will be on July 8 and will be an absolute blockbuster against the Harden Hawks in what could be a critical game in determining positions on the ladder come finals time.