11/4/2015 - Orange Emus topple lacklustre Bathurst Bulldogs

Orange Emus' Keith Howarth is wrapped up by the Bathurst defence. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0411emus9


ORANGE Emus winger Carter Hirini left the Bathurst Bulldogs defence in his wake with his three tries helping his side to a 45-28 win on Saturday.

Playing the Blowes Clothing Cup season opener at Endeavour Oval, Hirini scored two tries in the first half and a third in the second period to help Emus to the 17-point win.

It’s no surprise Emus co-coach Graydon Staniforth singled the winger out for praise after the win.

“You’d have to mention Carter’s efforts. His three tries were pure class,” Staniforth said.

Hirini scored the first try of the day when, eight minutes in, he stepped out of a tackle and ran 35 metres to score under the posts.

Nigel Staniforth’s conversion, along with his penalty goal a minute into the game, gave Emus a 10-0 lead.

Bulldogs’ scrumhalf Tom Hollis grabbed his opportunity to score when he took a quick tap from a penalty and dived over. Steve Locke added the extras to make it 10-7.

Two more penalty goals from Staniforth pushed the score out to 16-7 before Bulldogs winger Justin Mobbs was able to make the most of an overlap and score in the right corner just minutes before the break.

Locke booted another successful conversion to close the gap to 16-14 but Emus pushed back out to 23-14 when Hirini scored his second on the buzzer and Staniforth didn’t miss his kick.

That last-minute try seemed to motivated the Emus players in the early stages of the second half with Staniforth kicking another penalty goal.

Shortly after a slick pass put Scott Udy through a gap for the flanker to score, and Staniforth was on target again, before booting another penalty to take Emus’ lead out to 40-14 after 56 minutes.

Bulldogs hooker Mark Donnelly dived over the line after Bathurst managed to get some repeat phases and Locke’s conversion made it 40-21 with 20 minutes left in the game.

However, any chance of Bulldogs coming back was basically ruined when Hirni scored his third try for the day, somehow managing to skirt the sideline and fend the defence to dive over in the right corner.

Bulldogs flanker Peter Fitzsimmons was able to push his way over and score his side’s fourth try and earn them a bonus point with eight minutes left on the clock. Locke kicked another successful conversion.

“For a first game, I thought we held the ball really well, our skill level was, for the first game of the year, I was happy with it,” Graydon Staniforth smiled.

“Obviously we’ve got a few things to work on like fitness and just general combinations because we haven’t had a lot of guys here all the time, so now the season’s started we should see some good improvement.”

The coach did concede he wasn’t happy with his team conceding four tries, and a bonus point.

“That was a problem,” he said.

“We’d like to be much better than that. We’re not very happy with three close-range tries and I think that was more attitude and effort. That’s something we’ll keep working on.”

Things weren’t so rosy in the Bulldogs’ dressing shed with coach Shane Cantrill describing his side’s performance as disappointing.

“We’re a lot better side and we didn’t tackle, we didn’t execute our plays, our decisions were poor,” Cantrill said.

“A lot of things were really disappointing for what we did. We look like we were underdone and that’s what happens when you … we just didn’t have that commitment there today. That game, if that’s our benchmark, we’ve got a long way to go.”

Staniforth said Adam Perri was solid at five-eighth, Nigel Staniforth kicked well and praised prop Nas Havealeta for his 80-minute effort.

ORANGE EMUS 45 (Carter Hirini 3, Scott Udy, Nigel Staniforth tries; Nigel Staniforth 4 conv, 4 pen goals) def BATHURST BULLDOGS 28 (Tom Hollis, Justin Mobbs, Mark Donnelly, Peter Fitzsimmons tries; Steve Locke 4 conv).

taken from http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/3004986/hirinis-hat-trick-helps-emus-to-healthy-win/?cs=104

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