Narwan Eels rebounded from their round four loss to MacIntyre Warriors in comprehensive fashion with an emphatic victory over Warialda on Saturday.
After succumbing to the Boggabilla-based side the week before from lack of numbers, the Eels stepped back into the winner’s circle against the Wombats with a convincing 44 points to 18 win.
Clarrie Moran returned to the side for the round five match and coach Peter Moran said his influence along with “playing a lot smarter than what they had been doing” helped the team to victory.
“We are not a big side in the forward pack but we are a mobile pack,” he said.
“Our back three, they just go all day and everything starts paying off when we start playing on the fringes.
“With our speed our wide, I think it benefits our side.
“Clarrie Moran just brings a lot of structure to the game for us and he talks and directs a bit better.”
The most anticipated encounter of Narwan’s season commences on Saturday when they travel to Moree to take on the Boomerangs in a top-of-the-table clash.
The two teams are neck and neck on the ladder, only separated by points differential, and Moran expects a spirited game.
He has warned his side to stick to their game plan.
“It has always been a great tussle between our team and Moree,” he said.
“We spoke about that at training.
“To not get caught up in their little niggle and just play our own game and if we play from in front, they will get frustrated.
“The boys are all keen for this game.
“The atmosphere at training on Wednesday was really good, I haven't seen it like this since we started training.”
Moran said the key to playing at their best will be “holding on to the ball, complete our sets and working on the fringes.”