Emus' scintillating attack papers over defensive cracks against Gorillas - Gallery, Video

ORANGE Emus' 61-19 victory over Narromine at Endeavour Oval proved two things.

Firstly, with an abundance of speed, desire and class out wide, there's no team in the Blowes Clothing Cup that can attack like Emus can, and nine tries on a picturesque Orange winters day against the gritty Gorillas further proved that notion on Saturday.

And, secondly, the greens are far from complete.

Especially in the forwards.

And Narromine, albeit briefly, proved that point in scoring 19 points by bashing through the middle of the Emus pack.

Emus coach Andrew Logan said while happy his side stretched its unbeaten run to 13 games, the way in which the greens went about doing it was of some concern. 

"I'm not disappointed with the 61, obviously, but I'm concerned about the 19; that's a lot more points than we would like to concede, and the circumstances under which we conceded them deserve looking at," Logan said.

The match began in bizarre circumstances when Emus No.8 Alo Finau was given a yellow card for this challenge on Gorilla Evan Kellow, all off the opening kick-off.


Down to 14 men, Emus battled up front and despite scoring the game's opening try through Tom Green, it was the Gorillas who impressed, earning a penalty try in the 10th minute after smashing the greens scrum to the point of collapse.

With the full compliment back on the park, Emus raced to a 33-7 half-time lead.

After the break, however, a rolling maul brought about Narromine's first try of the second half through lock Liam Mayes and the Gorillas second was also scored by a forward, with hooker Keith Maher strolling through a yawning gap to score what at that point was a consolation try for the visitors.

In the end, a 42-point victory for Emus is resounding enough to ensure the greens remain in second place after the penultimate round of the 2014 regular season.

But, with the semi-finals looming, Logan knows his side must improve against next week's opposition, defending champions Orange City.

"Narromine are one of the harder forward packs in the comp to come up against," he said, highlighting the work of Lachie McCutcheon in ensuring Narromine remain a force at the set piece.

"And our scrum got disrupted because we had a man off for the first 10 minutes. It was a bit all over the shop.

"We're going up there (to Pride Park) next week to try and win. We've been working on that, certainly since I took over in the last couple of years, to beat Orange City and that's one of the big benchmarks in this comp."

Gorillas captain Craig Campbell, on the other hand, was full of praise for Emus.

And why wouldn't he be.

Campbell witnessed first hand Emus blistering ability to rack up points quickly, with Carter Hirini and Tim Alison both bagging doubles, the former through speed and the later thanks to an uncanny knack of beating would-be Gorillas defenders.

Skipper Nigel Staniforth, Nas Havealeta, Andrew Cosgrove, Alo Finau and winger Green all crossed once each, with Staniforth booting eight conversions.

"You can tell the difference between us, who have hardly any players training, and them, as you saw out there, very schmick," Campbell said.

"We were alright in the line-outs and scrums, but open play, they're very schmick. Quality players, we weren't in the same league.

"They build the pressure ... you've got to give it to them. They're a very good team. Their wingers are fast, their backs are good."

Emus inside centre Alison was easily the game's best performer.

"Unbelievable really, and we were saying on the sideline we couldn't believe he didn't play Central West this year," Logan said.

"I think he's without doubt in the top three strong carrying backs in the zone. He gets through traffic, his leg drive is tremendous he rarely concedes ball on the turnover ... he's just such a talented guy. We're very fortunate to have him."

ORANGE EMUS 61 (Carter Hirini 2, Tim Alison 2, Nigel Staniforth, Nas Havealeta, Andrew Cosgrove, Alo Finau, Tom Green tries; Nigel Staniforth 8 conv) def NARROMINE GORILLAS 19 (Liam Mayes, Keith Maher, penalty try; Mick Harris 2 conv).


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