The Tamworth Magpies hosted the Scone Brumbies at Tamworth Rugby Park on Saturday.  The high-flying Magpie Reserve Graders notched a solid victory while First Grade were run down by the speedy Brumbies late in the game.

In the Junior games, the Tamworth Under 18s showed improved form to earn an exciting draw with the Inverell Highlanders, while the Under 16s continued their good form with a 31-5 victory over the Gunnedah Western side.

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On Saturday the Magpie Firsts scored a last-minute come-from-behind victory over the plucky Barraba Rams, and the Reserve Grade went down narrowly to top side Moree in a tough encounter.

At the end of the first round of the 2 Tier competitions, the Magpie Reserve Grade is fourth overall and First Grade is third in Tier 2.  But the most important statistic at this stage is that the Tamworth Magpie Club is fourth overall in the CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP, which includes Senior and Junior grades.  The Club's overall aim is to be the top CLUB in the Central North Competition, and this is our best placing for many years, showing how far the Club rebuilding has progressed...


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The Magpie Firsts and Reserves played at Walcha on  Saturday, but in the new two-tier system, played different clubs.  Neither side produced their best rugby, both being defeated, First Grade 20-15 by Walcha and the Reserves 30-15 by SconeFirst Grade battled hard against the odds all day and got close to a victory, but the Reggies did not bring their A-grade game at all.  Despite the improvement shown by both teams this season, maybe they still have to go to another level to ensure wins away from home, especially the Reggies.

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The Magpies Reserve Grade side travelled to Quirindi on Saturday in the revised draw for the second round, and came away with another strong win over the ever-keen Lions team, 60-12.  All other Magpie teams had a bye.  First grade and Reserve Grade play at Walcha this Saturday, the Firsts against Walcha while the Reggies are up against the Scone Brumbies.  The First Grade game will virtually be a play-off for top place in the 2nd tier.

Tamworth Magpies were flying high on Saturday after two 50-plus points wins over the Quirindi Lions, but the scores were no indication of the games as the Quirindi boys played their hearts out and made the Magpies earn every point.  They were both good standard games to watch, and while the Tamworth teams exhibited superior skills, the Lions must be congratulated on the spirit they showed.

The First Grade game began at a cracking pace, and it was 20 minutes before the first score.  But once the Magpies got on top, they steadily went on with it, showing their improving mental attitude and structure.  Second rowers Mitch Wheaton and John Herdegan, although playing with different styles, kept the forwards on the front foot all day, and once again it was the forwards' strong work that made the opportunities for the backs.  Luke Neal improves each game at five-eight and Lachie McIntosh again was very elusive whether on the wing or in the centres.  The bye next week is followed by a trip to Walcha for a top-of-the-tier clash in first grade.

The Tamworth Reggies continued on the form shown last week, and were too strong for the never-say-die Lions, scoring 11 tries.  The Reggies strength lies in their depth, with about 30 players to call on when all are available.  Jack Barker relished his return to no.8 with 3 of the tries, and newcomer Tom Chamberlain showed plenty of dash on the wing, scoring 2 tries with hard running in the second half.  These Reserve Grade teams meet again next week at Quirindi in the revised draw in the Magpies only senior match - supporters required!

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