TOUGH DAY: Sam Unga carts the ball up against Parkes on Saturday during the Boars’ 44-19 win over the students. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 071815csu3RUGBY UNION
THE pain continues for CSU as they slumped to another Central West Rugby Union defeat on Saturday in their clash with Parkes at University Oval.
A dogged if messy effort from the students came to nothing as they were trampled in the final 20 minutes, the Boars running out 44-19 winners in sloppy conditions following the recent rain and snow.
While CSU’s heavy defeats to the competition frontrunners in recent weeks owed as much to the opposition strengths as their own shortcomings, CSU were their own worst enemy from start to finish on Saturday.
Countless handling errors and stray passes cruelled any hopes they had of picking up a second win for the season.
CSU were also on the wrong side of just about every 50-50 decision in the game, though Parkes were quick to seize most opportunities they were presented.
Parkes captain and number 8 Dan Ryan scored a hat-trick and was at his best throughout the game, while lock Toby Baigent was damaging and got his side into a dominant position early with a first half double.
“We copped some rough ones [decisions] today, there was one instance where we weren’t awarded a try when the player is on top of the ball over the line, that decision was beyond me,” a disappointed CSU coach James McLaren said.
“But when you’re at your lowest that’s when you cop it.
“At the end of the day we made far too many errors, we turned over way too much ball and we lost to a team that had players backing up from earlier games, so it is pretty embarrassing.
“It was probably our worst performance of the season in a lot of ways.”
Parkes were on the board early thanks to Baigent and Warren Lowe’s conversion, and added another five points when Baigent crossed down the short side soon after.
Having butchered a couple of chances, CSU finally found their groove when Anthony Nougher sent Maui Moody on a touchline run to score his team’s first. Cam Backhouse added the extras from the sideline.
Ryan scored his first on the stroke of half-time to establish a 17-7 buffer, before Moody hit back again for the hosts straight after the break.
At that moment it looked like game-on, but Parkes soon turned the momentum decisively in their favour.
Sam Standen crossed after a series of re-set scrums close to CSU’s line, while a Lowe penalty and another try to Ryan put the game out of reach.
CSU captain Blake Ridges set up a good try to Tom Greenaway, but that was cancelled out by Marika Koroivui as the final whistle blew.
PARKES 44 (Dan Ryan 3, Toby Baigent 2, Marika Koroivui, Sam Standen tries; Warren Lowe 2, Ben Ryan conversions; Warren Lowe penalty) defeated CSU 19 (Maui Moody 2, Tom Greenaway tries; Cam Backhouse 2 goals)
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