Ea­gles fly on re­turn to bush

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - GE­OFF MANN MEL POCKNALL

NED Hani­gan was villain and hero on Satur­day as he led the CNSW Coun­try Ea­gles to an im­pres­sive win over Syd­ney.

The Coon­am­ble-born Wal­laby seemed de­ter­mined to keep his name in front of se­lec­tors ahead of the World Cup. Although not cho­sen in the ini­tial squad, the su­per fit back­rower demon­strated why he has al­ready been capped 19 times for the Wal­la­bies. He would cer­tainly not be out of place should in­jury strike one of the locks in Ja­pan.

Ned had a role in sev­eral strong for­ward rushes that saw the Coun­try boys open up a 24-0 lead be­fore earn­ing the wrath of the ref­eree who binned the skip­per for the Ea­gles’ re­peated in­fringe­ments in their red zone.

Tow­er­ing Manly sec­ond-rower Nathan Den Houdt was voted El­ders Man of the Match for his dom­i­nance on the ball.

Winger James Turner clears Winger James Kane showed he was no slouch on the end of the Ea­gles back­line. He had an al­most clean slate with the boot in the Ea­gles win

Ned in com­mand!

Mudgee Wom­bats ju­nior Matt Sandell led out by one of the ex­cited Western Rams, Wal­las

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