Above: Narrabri duo Josh Trindall and Damon Gleeson pick up and drive Boggabri’s Jarrod Adams back towards his own tryline.

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The Narrabri Blues made the perfect start to their 2019 Group Four Rugby League first grade campaign on Sunday afternoon.

Narrabri beat the Boggabri Kangaroos 54-28 at Collins Park in the first round of the competition.

Narrabri never trailed in the contest, attacking with intent and defending its goal-line with plenty of heart.

Boggabri continued to pressure the hosts, keeping the score close at the half .

Boggabri scored a couple of tries before the half-time, chipping away at Narrabri’s early lead and cutting it to 14 at the half.

But Narrabri came out of the sheds fired up and outscored Boggabri 30-6 in the first 25 minutes of the second half.

The visitors tried to mount a comeback late, scoring the final two tries of the contest but it was too late for the travelling side which were eventually beaten 54-28 in an intriguing contest.

Narrabri captain Lachlan Cameron said that the Blues defended their line well despite conceding 28 points.

“Our defence was pretty good in general, but we let in a try or two more than we would have liked,” Cameron said.

“But it’s always hard when you get out to such a big lead.

“We were 18-0 up after 10 minutes or so, so we got off to a cracking start.

“Sometimes then you can relax a little bit.

“Boggi has a really solid forward pack and I think at times we did well to hold them out.”

Narrabri’s reserve grade kicked off its campaign with a massive 72-4 win against Boggabri.

The ladies’ league tag match finished with Boggabri winning comfortably against Narrabri 30-4.

In the under-18s match the Blues went down in a back and forth contest, losing 34-18 against North Tamworth.