JOE Williams has warned rival clubs there is plenty of improvement left in his Dubbo CYMS side, despite the Fishies finishing big winners in their Group 11 contest against Cobar at No.1 Oval yesterday.
CYMS scored 10 tries to 3 in their 58-16 victory, led by hat-tricks to centre Matt O’Neil and five-eighth Matt Naden, and a double to winger Jovilisi Tawake.
But it was the continued transition of junior players Luke Taylor, Lincoln Kavanagh and Billy Sing which pleased Williams the most.
Taylor was last year’s CYMS under-18s captain while Sing and Kavanagh were playing their first and second games respectively in the top grade.
“We were able to get some good game time into those kids today and that will do them the world of good,” Williams said.
“Billy, Lincoln and Luke are all young and keen to play and if we can get first grade experience into them while winning matches that is good for the club.”
CYMS got off to a flying start when Tawake scored two of the side’s first three tries inside 15 minutes to help them to a 16-0 lead.
O’Neil then scored a quickfire double and at the break it was the home side leading 28-0 and a rout looked on the cards.
When Naden bagged his second a minute into the second half the floodgates appeared set to burst but the visitors hit back through prop Jone Sariri, who was among Cobar’s best.
Sariri also engaged in a running battle with CYMS’ Nick Wilson throughout the match which saw him warned at one stage by referee Mick Dries after appearing to throw a punch.
O’Neil had his hat-trick in the 58th minute before lock Jope Tui scored to take the lead out to 40-6.
Naden’s third extended the margin to 40 points before Cobar showed some fight in the final 10 minutes and were rewarded with tries to Jason Boney and Mathew Best.
Representative prop Ilisoni Vonomateiratu, in his first match back from a one-game suspension, sealed the win in the final minute with a try, which was converted stylishly by Chris Thompson.
“We probably took our foot off a bit in the last 10 minutes but overall I’m pretty happy,” Williams said.
“There’s always areas we can improve on but I thought Chris Thompson was strong today, those junior boys were good, and obviously Matt Naden and Matt O’Neil were outstanding as well.
“It was a good effort across the park which we need ahead of a big game against Parkes next week.”
Cobar captain James Neyland was left to lament another poor road result for his club, but was pleased with the heart shown by his troops after a 90-10 loss at Parkes the previous week.
“We’re in a situation where one week we have our best squad and another week we don’t because of the shift work at the mines,” Neyland said.
“Today we were a lot better than we were last week and if we can keep improving I think we will get better as the season goes along.
“CYMS were good, they are well-coached and a talented side. They just chipped away at us across the whole game and it wore us down.
“We have Forbes at home next week so hopefully we can lift for that game.”
* DUBBO CYMS 58 (Matt Naden 3, Matt O’Neil 3, Jovilisi Tawake 2, Jope Tui, Ilisoni Vonomateiratu tries; Naden 8, Chris Thompson goals) def COBAR 16 (Jason Boney, Jone Sariri, Mathew Best tries; James Neyland, Te Mahitahi Parata goals)