Over and out for reps

THE Northern Thunderbolts' NSW Country Divisional Rugby League Championships campaign came to a shuddering halt on Saturday when the Bidgee Bulls made full use of a 10 minute slumber by the local side to record a convincing 42-18 semi-final victory at Wollongong.

While the scoreline shows the Bulls controlled the match, the Northern Rivers and Group 19 side pushed the Monaro-ACT division all the way and could gain a few players in the Country squad as a result.

In fact, Northern Rivers president Robin Harley believes but for a poor 10 minute period early in the second-half, the local boys could have claimed the win.

“We ran into a howling gale in the first half and we were only 16-12 behind at half-time,” Harley said.

“The first 10 minutes of the second half were disgraceful and we dropped ball and missed tackles and as a result they scored two tries and the game was over.

“We made a good fist of the match and I think we could have won if they hadn't let those 10 minutes slip.”

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