Group 11 Power Rankings: Cows soar, Tigers dip and the other Dwyer runs riot

IN A FLASH: Tigers winger Ash Widders finds space against Forbes. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN
IN A FLASH: Tigers winger Ash Widders finds space against Forbes. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN

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A new leader and a new side on the bottom of the 2019 power rankings ... this is moving round.

And there's plenty of ups and downs on this list as the Group 11 season kicks off its second round.

1. Wellington Cowboys (last week: 2)

We see you, Wellington Cowboys.

The men in maroon proved every bit the premiership favourite with a commanding performance against competition leaders Dubbo CYMS at Kennard Park on Saturday, the 28-10 result one that's been coming all season.

The challenge now for Aidan Ryan, Justin Toomey-White and the Cowboys is to maintain that standard for the rest of 2019. Really, though, the only way is up for this Wellington line-up.

2. Dubbo CYMS (last week: 1)

Not a bad result for the Fishies last week, it wasn't a win, sure, but let's look at the semantics of it all.

The Fishies sit on top of the ladder, one win clear of the Cowboys. Over the course of the remaining six weeks of the season they play in Dubbo five times, the only road trip they have is to Narromine.

Jarryn Powyer's side isn't THE form team in the competition right now, but they're still in the box seat to finish the regular season on top.

3. Parkes Spacemen (last week: 3)

Sam who? Joey Dwyer scores six tries playing fullback last week in Parkes' 110-0 win over Westside and all is right at the Spacemen.

The club will welcome back some of its best players in the coming weeks and they're looking strong. Big test on Sunday at Wellington though.

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4. Macquarie Raiders (last week: 4)

Geez, Wes Middleton's team just keeps on popping up and doing a job, and the Raiders coach must be thrilled.

Another win, their third of the season, last week and all of a sudden Macquarie is in the top five. They've also got two draws next to their name in 2019.

They compete, this Raiders side, and that means they can't be written off, in any game.

5. Forbes Magpies (last week: 6)

Seems like an age ago but Forbes' round eight trip to Nyngan resulted in a crucial win for Cameron Greenhalgh's Magpies.

They get back the two points they dropped against the Tigers in round one and stay in touch with the Group 11 top three as a result. Still a long way to go for the defending premiers though.

6. Narromine Jets (last week: 5)

Tough one for the Jets last week in Dubbo, going down handsomely against the Raiders.

There's no doubting Narromine's improvement in 2019 but the next step is consistency and if the Jets can bounce back and continue to push sides and fight for fifth then that'll be a great campaign for the club to build off heading into 2020.

WOW: Joey Dwyer scored six tries, coming within an ace of emulating the seven-try record effort of winger Bob Jayet at Narromine almost 50 years ago.

WOW: Joey Dwyer scored six tries, coming within an ace of emulating the seven-try record effort of winger Bob Jayet at Narromine almost 50 years ago.

7. Dubbo Westside (last week: 8)

Westside has battled more than any other in the bush this season, that's not a secret. But they're turning up and doing the colours proud.

8. Nyngan Tigers (last week: 7)

What's going on? Nyngan hasn't won a game since the start of May, round three in fact, and is now in serious doubt of missing the top five.

The most concerning aspect? The Tigers have had a run of three home games and banked just the one point via a draw with Macquarie.

We'd expect the Tigers to snap this winless run next week against the Rabbitohs in Dubbo but given their alarming slide Nyngan can occupy the bottom rung on this ladder for a week.

Here's hoping Justin Carney is back, and soon, and the Tigers we know and love roar back to life over the backhalf of the 2019 season.