The Dunedoo Swans defence of their 2020 Christie and Hood Castlereagh League premiership gained momentum when they scored an important win over the previously undefeated Cobar Roosters at Dunedoo's Robertson Oval in round four of the 2021 competition.
With their highly talented captain coach and half back Ben Thompson orchestrating proceedings the Swans were able to convert a 12 to 6 lead at the half time break into a 24 to 6 win which sees them remain at the top of the table, along with the Gilgandra Panthers.
The Panthers gained the two competition points, but only just, when they managed to hold on for a tense win against the Baradine Magpies at Baradine.
The Panthers had the scoreboard attendants in overdrive in the opening few minutes of the game when they raced in for two tries in the first five minutes of the encounter, and by the thirty minute mark they held a 20 to nil lead and looked set to claim the game quite comfortably.
However that was not to be the case, as the Magpies began to claw their way back into the game, a try just before half time being the springboard for an inspired second half comeback that bought the home crowd alive.
The Maggies were the first to score after the break with the scoreboard reading 20 to 12 in favour of the visitors who were looking somewhat rattled by what was happening as they struggled against the black and white onslaught.
However, a converted try in the 18th minute afforded the Panthers some breathing space and at that point they lead 26 to 12, but the Magpies were far from done, and they surged back into the contest with two tries, one converted, for a 26 to 22 score line with minutes left.
The Panthers somehow managed to hold on to their lead, but certainly the Magpies lost no fans in what was a fantastic fight back, and they will undoubtedly rue their defensive efforts in the opening minutes of the match, which set up the narrow win by the Panthers.
In the other game the Coonabarabran Unicorns proved to be too strong for the visiting Coonamble Bears and they took the game 50 to 16.
The win by the Unicorns sets up an interesting match against the Panthers in Gilgandra this Saturday evening, whilst in other games the Roosters will be hoping to get back to their winning ways when they host the Gulgong Terriers, and the Bears will be looking forward to home game against the Swans.
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