Narromine Rugby Union | New season begins

Showing the benefit of a tough pre-season, the Narromine boys had the much larger Mudgee forward pack gasping for air at every stoppage.

The Gorillas have started the 2018 season in the same way they finished their 2017 season, winning!

In a great show from the Narromine club, the boys defeated the Mudgee Wombats convincingly in both grades.

The road trip to Jubilee Park in Mudgee has been particularly fruitless for the Gorillas in recent times, with their last victory there coming way back in 2007!

It was a hot and muggy day for the players with the decision made to split the game in quarters as the mercury rose above 30 degrees.

Prop forward Michael Treseder was measuring 11/10 on the sweat-o-meter, and the waterboy was chalking up more run metres than most of the outside backs.

Despite the conditions and the ferocious early exchanges it was the Gorillas who were able to cross for first points through Prop Dave Weir.

Nicknamed the "Haggis Hulk", Weir barged through from close range and was able to ground the ball with two or three wombats on his back.

Showing the benefit of a tough pre-season, the Narromine boys had the much larger Mudgee forward pack gasping for air at every stoppage.

Further tries to winger Anthony Barling and fly-half George Hancock saw the half time score reach 18-0 to the Gorillas.

The second half played similarly to the first with the error rate climbing as the players tired.

Hancock and inside centre Tim Gainsford were cutting all kinds of holes through the Wombats midfield and outside centre Billy Browning proved elusive all day!

A well worked rolling maul saw flanker Bill Rybak cross for the Gorillas bonus point try, and diminutive scrum-half Jono Sharkey was rewarded with a five pointer soon after.

A penalty goal towards full time from Dylan Ryan saw the final score 33-0.

It was a great defensive effort from Narromine, as Mudgee never stopped attacking all afternoon.

Best on Ground for the Gorillas were Jono Sharkey, George Hancock and Dave Weir.

Earlier, second grade had a successful return to competitive rugby with a 45-7 victory.

Best on Ground for the Gorillas were Dan Barry, Gus Rae, Jack Neill and Luke Brown.

The Gorillas play their first home game at Cale Oval this weekend against their old foe Parkes Boars.

Besides the competition points, they will also be competing for the Red Cross shield, with the day raising money and awareness for the work the Red Cross does in the community.