The Parkes Spacemen Under 18s took on Nyngan at Pioneer Oval last Sunday in a match which saw the visitors dominate and run out convincing winners 34-18.
Cursed by some poor handling, Parkes were in trouble from the opening whistle.
Nyngan scored in their first set of six, less than three minutes in, to grab a 6-0 lead. Parkes regrouped and replied in the 10th minute.
An excellent grubber kick from Bailey Jones saw Riley Scott pick up the loose ball and score out wide for 6-4.
Nyngan responded four minutes later when they crossed under the posts after the home side dropped the ball.
Trailing 12-4, the junior Spacemen fought hard to get themselves back into the match with a try in the 26th minute, capitalising on a dropped ball by the Tigers.
Ned Hunter scooped up the loose ball and dashed 60 metres to score under the posts, getting Parkes to within two points of the lead.
However, right on halftime, some coach-killing poor defence saw Nyngan score an easy try under the posts and lead 18-10 at oranges.
The second half picked up where the first half finished and it was not long before Nyngan scored their fourth try after another dropped ball by the home side in their own half.
This was followed by a defensive error which saw the Tigers winger stroll over for an easy four pointer and a 22-10 lead.
Parkes started to tire from all the defensive work they had completed as their error rate climbed.
Nyngan took full advantage, scoring under the posts in the 40th minute to take a commanding lead 28-10.
Parkes tried hard to lift their intensity and were rewarded in the 48th minute.
Good lead up work, a great run from Jay Slavin attracted several defenders before he was able to slip a nice ball out to Josh Amberge who went over in the corner to reduce the deficit to 14 points.
Just as the Spacemen appeared to be getting back in the match, they again came up with an error as they failed to reach the touch line from a penalty kick in their own half.
Nyngan seized on the mistake with good ball movement and line running leading to another try and conversion for the visitors to get out to an unassailable 34-14 lead with only minutes remaining.
Parkes kept trying hard and scored a consolation try right on the stroke of fulltime.
A well worked move down the left edge saw Morgan Powter crash over to reduce the final margin to 16 points at 34-18.
Jay Slavin was easily the best for the Spacemen with several barnstorming runs while Josh Amberge looked dangerous with the ball.
The pair were well supported by Aaron Wykamp.
Parkes have been without their Western Rams stars Joey Dwyer, Darby Medlyn and Brad Gaut and desperately await their return.
They will look to tighten their defence and reduce their high error rate after losing the opening two encounters.
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