The Dungog Warriors exacted some grand final revenge beating Carrington 42-16 at Connolly Park on Sunday.
After going to the break with a 12-10 lead Dungog blew the Pirates off the park in the second half.
The return of Jeremy Fredericks and Lee Nevin gave the Warriors the direction they lacked last week against University and both players had great games on Sunday
While the second half showed Dungog at their best, the first 30 minutes of the game was the opposite.
They only completed three of their first 11 sets to give the Pirates plenty of time in the Warriors’ half and two tries and a conversion gave them a 10-nil lead 10 minutes out from half-time.
On one of the only times Dungog found themselves in the Pirates half a try went begging with a dropped ball with the line open and another called back for a forward pass.
The view from the sideline was that if the Warriors could string a couple of sets together the points would come and Daniel Bates got the ball rolling when he got a ball to Lee Nevin who showed incredible strength to get the ball over the line.
Bates did it all himself for the next try showing great determination to get the ball over the line.
Fredericks converted to have the Warriors going to lemons with a 12-10 lead.
The Warriors got the ball rolling early after the break when second rower Cody Warwick turned a beautiful ball inside for Nevin to cross for his second try.
The return of Jeremy Fredericks and Lee Nevin gave the Warriors the direction they lacked last week
Nevin was heavily involved in the next try where he combined beautifully with Fredericks for Frerericks to score and convert his own try and in the process bring up his 100 points for the Warriors this season.
A brilliant passage of play shortly after saw winger Aaron Cottom brought down close to the line but from the ensuing play the ball Nevin went in for his hat-trick.
The conversion took the Warriors lead to 30-10.
The Pirates did manage to get on the scoreboard with a converted try midway through the half but two converted intercept tries to centre Trai Brekelmans had the Warriors comfortable winners.
The win leaves the Warriors in second spot on the B-grade ladder behind the Kotara Bears by three points.
Dungog has a three point break on Belmonth South in third place. University of Newcastle is a further two points back in fourth.
There are five rounds left before the semi-finals.
Dungog 42: L Nevin 3, T Brekelmans 2, J Fredericks, D Bates tries; J Fredericks 7goals
Carrington 16: 3 tries, 2 goals
RSL Best Forward Nathan Ward, RSL Best Back Jeremy Fredericks; Players Player Lee Nevin, Ray’s Reserve Hayden Mitchell
This weekend the Warriors are away again playing Swansea at Parbury Park, Swansea on Sunday at 2pm.
The game is part of a double header with Clarence Town to play Swansea’s D-grade team before Dungog at 12.30pm.