Forbes routed by Roos’ second half offensive

Nanjing Night Net

FOR 40 minutes of their match against Forbes on Saturday the Dubbo Kangaroos looked anything but top-five material.

But a scintillating second half effort showed why they are well and truly in the hunt for the 2012 Blowes Clothing Cup.

The Roos trailed 17-7 at the break but piled on seven unanswered tries in the second stanza to run away 53-17 winners at No.1 Oval, and in the process all but sewed up a semi-final position.

Captain Shaun McHugh was a star for the Roos while hooker James Clark and five-eighth Ted Bates also had big games as the home side ran riot.

Roos co-coach Gus McDonald said the second half was indicative of what his side can do but indicated work would be done at training on ensuring that kind of intensity is on display for the full 80 minutes.

“The second half was outstanding and I think the best thing was that we didn’t concede any points,” he said.

“I don’t know what went wrong in the first half but the boys knew they were flat and really lifted after half-time.

“The football we played in the second half is the kind of football we need to play come semi-final time and we won’t be able to start like we did against some of the better sides.”

Clark opened the scoring with a try in the opening minutes before Forbes hit back through tries to captain James King and five-eighth Brodie Hodges before a 45-metre penalty from Andrew Burton on the stroke of half-time gave the visitors, already out of the hunt for finals, a surprise lead.

Tries to Fabian Tago and Tim Symonds early in the second half put the Roos back in front before breakaway Brad Pugh secured the bonus point when he crossed.

After that the floodgates opened as Forbes, who had struggled for numbers at times this season, started to tire and the Roos went on the charge as Tim Cullenward, Ted Bates (2) and Mitch Gersbach helped boost the Roos’ for-and-against.

Understandably the Platypi were flat after the match, with King admitting the second half fadeout was an indication of their season.

“We had some of our younger guys play three games today so it was only a matter of time before we tired, especially against such a well-drilled and structured side,” he said. “I thought our first half was good but we had 17 guys training this week for three grades so it’s hard when you have such low numbers.

“Dubbo are a very good side though and based on what they did in that second half I can see them going a long way in the finals.”

Forbes will host CSU next week before travelling to Cowra in the final round while Dubbo’s final two games will both be at No.1 Oval against Cowra and the Rhinos.

o Dubbo Kangaroos 53 (Ted Bates 2, Mitch Gersbach, Tim Symonds, Fabian Tago, Brad Pugh, James Clark, Tim Cullenward tries; Shaun McHugh 5 convs, 1 pen) def Forbes Platypi 17 (James King, Brodie Hodges tries; Andrew Burton 2 convs, 1 pen)

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Dubbo Kangaroos second-rower James Skuthorp powers into the Forbes defence during his side’s win on Saturday. Photo: BEN WALKER

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