Nyngan under-18s fullback Declan Hoare (1) runs into the defence of Macquarie prop Leroy Toomey. The young Raiders started their Group 11 premiership defence grinding out a 26-16 win over the Tigers. Hoare was later a start in first grade scoring three tries.MACQUARIE RAIDERS 30
(Zac Rennick 3, Jade Williams, Shannon Ireland tries, Patrick Jackson 4, Jeremy Smith goals)
NYNGAN TIGERS 14
(Declan Hoare 3 tries, Claude Gordon goal)
Three tries by Macquarie lock Zac Rennick was a senior football career highlight as the Raiders started their Tooheys New Group 11 campaign with a convincing 30-14 victory over Nyngan Tigers at Apex Oval.
Surprisingly only a moderate crowd was on hand to see the Raiders do most of their best work in the first half and lead 24-8.
The feature in those first 40 minutes was the backing-up of Rennick who gave probably one of his most outstanding displays.
“The last time I got three tries was in junior league,” he beamed after the game on Saturday night.
Rennick’s reading of the play could not have been better. First up he charged onto a dummy half pass from Perry Meredith; then his captain-coach Jade Williams did the lead-up work for try
two; and then he kept his best for last.
Again it was Williams who turned the Nyngan defence around with a chip that was gathered by fullback Steve Ryan who found Rennick on his inside to take the final pass.
Raiders’ kicker Pat Jackson appreciated the fact that Rennick scored all his tries under the posts giving him the easiest of conversions.
In that first half Williams also bagged a try, but the Tigers also provided some wonderful attacking football.
They led 4-0 after flying teenage winger Declan Hoare raced onto a well-judged chip from five-eighth Claude Gordon.
It was the same scenario 30 minutes later. Same kick from Gordon, same determination from Hoare.
Adding to his night’s work, Hoare completed his hat-trick 12 minutes from full-time and again it was his blistering pace that gave the Raiders’ defence no chance down the right hand side flank.
Williams, who spent 10 minutes in the sin bin after a series of penalties awarded by referee Willie Barnes, was happy enough with the effort.
“It’s always nice to start the season with a win. Our defence held up nicely and we were able to match them in that regard but there’s still some work to do,” he said.
“I thought young Perry Meredith was a standout in his first grade debut while Ben Josephs and Moses Manu in the forwards also stood up.”
After trailing by 16 in the first half, Nyngan played some good football but without reward in the final stanza.
They failed to capitalise on a series of penalties for different infringements in that period but in defence also stood up superbly with the Raiders restricted to just one try by Shannon Ireland four minutes from the end.
“It was a pity that we let them get away in the first half,” Nyngan coach Col Wright said.
“We made a few wrong options and pushed passes but they dug deep in the second half, so we’ll take that away and hope to build on that.”
Wright praised the work of half back and captain Derek Knight, his hooker Luke Matheson and of course Declan Hoare.
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