Gunnedah Red Devils in the middle of CNRU ladder logjam

Mal Frend scored a crucial second half try for the Red Devils in their last match against Barraba-Gwydir.
Mal Frend scored a crucial second half try for the Red Devils in their last match against Barraba-Gwydir.

There’s a logjam starting to form in the Central North Rugby Union ladder and the Gunnedah Red Devils are right in the thick of it.

After eight rounds, just six competition points separate second place from fifth place.

After eight rounds, just six points separates second place from fifth on the Central North Rugby Union ladder.

Gunnedah are wedged in the middle in third spot.

Moree, with 34 points, leads the chase of the unbeaten Pirates (40 points) followed by Gunnedah, Barraba-Gwydir and Narrabri who all sit on 28 points each.

The Red Devils’ will be out to make it three wins on the trot in their round nine fixture this Saturday against seventh-placed Scone and coach Jason Waerea said it was an important match at Brumby Park.

“Any win against a team outside the top four is critical,” he said.

“Any boilover result can jeopardise the run into the final weeks of round two for any team pushing for the four.”

Waerea said the long weekend bye had more positives than negatives for his side.

“Regarding injuries it’s in our favour. Not great for continuity but we are comfortable with what we are trying to achieve on the field.”

Nick Lyons will return to the side while Matt Pardesi will be missing.

Josh Leys and Isaac Scholes will bolster the front row in Pardesi’s abscence.

Gunnedah will take on the seventh-placed Scone at Brumby Park, Scone this weekend. Second grade and the women’s sevens side will both make the trip to Scone alongside the first grade side while the under 19s will take on Narrabri at Dangar Park, Narrabri.