GrainCorp Cup semi-finals a realistic chance for CSU Orange: president

WINGING IT: CSU Orange winger Mark McLennan was one of his side's best in a 26-19 win over West Wyalong. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0517lscsu2

WINGING IT: CSU Orange winger Mark McLennan was one of his side's best in a 26-19 win over West Wyalong. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0517lscsu2

CHARLES Sturt University Orange rugby club president Pat Blackwell is confident the students can press for a place in this year’s Graincorp Cup southern zone top four following a comfortable 26-19 win over West Wyalong.

Aggies downed their northern riverina opponents after leading 20-0 at the break, and Blackwell believes similar performances throughout the year have the potential to net CSU Orange a post-season berth.

“We’ve got Canowindra next week and I think that’s a game we can definitely win,” Blackwell said, Aggies now one win from the opening three games of the 2014 season heading into their clash with the winless Pythons next Saturday.

“I think we’re capable of making the semis if we keep playing well.

“I thought our attack worked well. We were up 20-0 at half-time but we let West Wyalong back into the game a bit at the end, that’s something we’re a bit disappointed about.”

For the students, Mark McLennan and Tom MacSmith were the stand-outs against a valiant Weevils outfit.

Blackwell labelled Condobolin the most “solid” opposition Aggies has played this season, but that assessment does come without having seen both of last year’s grand finalists, the Blayney Rams and the undefeated Molong Magpies.

“We haven’t played them yet,” the Aggies president conceded.

“They’re always tough games. Blayney and Molong are always up the ladder.”

The students will face Canowindra on the road this Saturday before returning to Ron Gordon Oval to play those tough games against Molong and Blayney in consecutive weeks.

In the round-five clash against Molong, CSU Orange will be running its major raffle for the 2014 season with the club’s first annual $10,000 Cow Crap fundraiser being run following the conclusion of the Aggies-Magpies game.

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