Dubbo CYMS prevented Nyngan from writing their own fairytale by defeating the Tigers in their first official match as part of Group 11 on Sunday.
CYMS made the trip to Larrikin Oval for the first official trial for both clubs, the Dubbo team handling the wet conditions best to run out 34-12 winners.
Justin Yeo, the Group’s leading try scorer and player of the year last season, picked right up from where he left off by scoring two tries for CYMS, second rower Alton Oates also crossing twice.
In front of a good home-town crowd, who turned out to support the fledgling team despite the persistent rain, Nyngan scored first in the match to take a 6-0 lead.
But that only stung the visitors into action who scored four unanswered tries before half-time to take a 22-6 lead into the break.
Prop Nic Wilson, who barged over after taking an inside ball from halfback Luke Jenkins, Oates, Robbie Dunn and Yeo all found their way over the tryline – Yeo’s four pointer a simple show of strength with the powerful centre too strong for the Tigers defence from 10 metres out.
Oates scored again at the start of the second half and in almost a mirror image of his first try Yeo then crashed over again, the captain-coach setting the example for his players.
CYMS were caught short out wide and Nyngan scored a consolation try late in the match, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an impressive CYMS from taking honours.
The win has set the scene for an intriguing local derby this Friday night when CYMS and Macquarie clash in the last of their official Group 11 trials.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.