Orange CYMS in premiership hunt

IT wasn't their best win in 2012 but the two points Orange CYMS' 50-16 triumph over Bathurst Panthers earned the two-time defending Group 10 champions at Wade Park yesterday ensured they kept their minor premiership hopes alive.

In a game that never really reached any great heights, the green and golds were simply too good for a spirited Panthers outfit, running in 10 tries to three over the course of the error-plagued match to seal the victory.

CYMS player-coach Mick Sullivan, who was a chance of missing the match with a groin complaint but made it through the 80 minutes unscathed, said yesterday's game was as much about scoring tries as it was about getting the points.

And if you look at the Group 10 ladder you can see why.

Courtesy of a 64-12 mauling of Cowra, Lithgow (+180) sit on top of the ladder on 19 competition points ahead of CYMS (+170) and Bathurst St Pat's (+96) on for and against only.

Mudgee have slipped to fourth after going down 32-30 to St Pat's.

Sullivan lamented the errors his side produced throughout the match.

"We've just got unfamiliar errors in us at the moment, myself included," Sullivan said, himself dropping one off the kick-off.

"I think it's a bit of frustration knowing we're a great side, well we are a good side but we've still got so many errors in us. If we can clean up those we're heading the right way.

"The next couple of weeks are about getting the win (against) Cowra on the road and then St Pat's who are killing it."

Early in the contest it looked like Panthers were in for a tough day, with CYMS running in tries to Claude Gordon, Epa Navale, Dom Maley and Scott Piper in the opening 20 minutes.

Fortunately, though, the radar on Gordon's boot was off and the home side only had an 18-0 lead.

Panthers then crossed for two quick tries of their own through a brilliant effort from fullback Rhys Haynes and another solo run from five-eighth Aaron Bell, who stepped past three would-be tacklers to score.

A second to Navale on the stroke of half-time took the margin out to 22-10.

Dropped ball riddled the play of both teams throughout the contest but CYMS showed its class to run in a further five second-half tries - Piper scored his second, Tim Bassmann recorded a brace and Sam Hill and Cody Robbins both crossed - to win.

Sullivan said although a big win, there was plenty CYMS must improve on.

"The last two weeks have proved (we can score from anywhere) but I think when we think we can score any time is often when errors come, especially deep in our own half," he said.

"That's the sort of footy we've got to be clean and clinical with."

Panthers were best served by prop Brent Seager and try scorers Haynes and Bell.

"I didn't think anybody had a bad game it was just a few bounces of the ball. It was hard for us," skipper Matt Kirkland said.

It looks as though Kirkland will miss the rest of the season with a broken hand.

The Country Seconds prop said he'll see a doctor this week to find out the extent of the damage.

"I just thought they had too much speed," he said.

"Once they found that gap it was hard for us to pull them back but I thought the boys really competed really well. We dug in today."

CYMS were led well by backrower Josh Nixon while, again, Terawhiti Cooper proved near unstoppable through the middle.

ORANGE CYMS 50 (Tim Bassmann 2, Epa Navale 2, Scott Piper 2, Dom Maley, Claude Gordon, Sam Hill, Cody Robbins tries; Hill 3, Gordon 2 goals) def BATHURST PANTHERS 16 (Aaron Bell, Rhys Haynes, Michale Wicks tries; Bell, Haynes goals).

 



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