Rugby sitting pretty come rain, hail, or shine

RAIN is forecast to hit Dubbo this weekend and if it arrives as predicted, it could play havoc with matches across the city.

Not that it will worry Whitney Cup leaders Rugby, who have already taken first innings points in their clash with Souths.

An outstanding bowling performance saw Rugby dismiss the Hornets for 139 before their batsmen, led by skipper Jordan Moran (81), reached 3-170 at stumps.

In contrast Rugby's closest rival for the minor premiership, RSL-Colts, are locked in a tight battle with CYMS.

If the players get on the field, Rugby is expected to press for outright points in a bid to extend their lead over Colts while if a result isn't possible, they already have the first innings verdict up their sleeve.

"Last week was good for us. It has given us a lot of options," all-rounder Nathan Munro said.

"There's talk of a fair bit of rain hitting town over the weekend so what we do will probably depend on whether the forecast is right.

"I haven't spoken to Jordan about his plans but my first thought would be to try and send them straight back in and try to roll through them quickly and give ourselves a chance of an outright win.

"Colts are in a game which could go either way so we're in the box seat but you can't take anything for granted."

Munro admits he has been surprised how well the defending champions have backed up their title this season.

With a number of new players coming into the side it was never going to be easy but Rugby seems to have flourished.

"We've got a fairly different side to last year but it's been good how we have kept up the standards from last season," he said.

"We've been able to bring young Harry Kempston into first grade and having Mick Kempston back has been a bonus.

"Adrian Carey has also been a good pick-up. A leg-spinner in country cricket is always handy to have because not many blokes play a good leg-spinner and Adrian is one of them.

"He's just picked up work so he will be around again next season and I think he will be a guy that steps up and plays a pretty high level of cricket."

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