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Central West Rugby – Blowes Clothing Cup – Round 15

Bathurst Bulldogs v Orange City Tigers 
Orange Emus v Narromine Gorillas
Cowra Eagles v Dubbo Kangaroos
CSU Bathurst v Forbes Platypi
Parkes Boars – Bye
Match of the Round – Bathurst Bulldogs v Orange City Tigers
The 4th placed Bulldogs play host to the top of the table Tigers.  Ted Horsburgh’s men have had an inconsistent season to date but if they ever wanted to stake their claim as a premiership contender, this week may be it as City come back from the bye and might be lacking some game fitness. The Bulldogs will also be looking to make up for a disappointing showing against Cowra last week so expect them be firing on all cylinders. A good showing here for the Dogs could just kick start a run to the finals, however the undefeated Tigers have been fantastic all year and might just prove too strong.                       
Tip: Orange City by 8

Rugby League – Group 10 – Round 16

Mudgee Dragons v Blayney Bears
Bathurst St Pats v Lithgow Workies
Oberon Tigers v Orange Hawks
Orange Cyms v Bathrust Panthers
Cowra Magpies – Bye
In First Divison & Under 18’s:
Cowra Magpies v Blackheath Blackcats
Match of the Round – Bathurst St Pats v Lithgow Workies
This match is set to be an absolute thriller. The Workies are hot off defeating Orange Hawks last week and claiming the top spot while St Pats are coming off a huge win over Blayney. The 3rd placed Patties are not far off the pace of the Workies and Hawks and could be even closer if a couple of results had of gone their way, having drawn two matches. St Pats have had contributors all across the park this season and will need that again if they are to have any chance of victory. And if Lithgow are going to remain at the top of the table they will need Adnan Saleh & Johnathon Van Veen at their best.    
Tip: Lithgow by 6

Rugby League – Group 11Round 12

Narromine Jets v Parkes Spaceman
Wellington Cowboys v Dubbo Macquarie Raiders
Dubbo Cyms v Cobar Roosters 
Forbes Magpies v Nyngan Tigers

Match of the Round – Wellington Cowboys v Dubbo Macquarie Raiders

The mid-table clash between the 4th placed Dubbo and 5th placed Wellington could not be a harder match to predict. Both teams have just about secured finals berths and will now be looking to finish as high as possible. The two teams could hardly be any more similar, after 11 rounds their records are; the Raiders 6-4-1 and the Cowboys 6-5. Not only are their records almost identical but so too are they in attack and defence. Last time they met Wellington won 34-26 and the match should be just as close this time round. Good luck splitting these two, home ground advantage could be the difference in the end.

Tip: Wellington by 6


Centennial Coal Cup – Round 11

Orange Barbarians v Lithgow Bears RL
Portland Colts RL v CSU Blue
Villagers United v Wallerawang Warriors RL
Kandos Waratahs RL v CSU Yellow
Match of the Round – Kandos Waratahs RL v CSU Yellow
The top of the table clash sees the 2nd placed CSU Yellow travel to top placed Kandos. The Waratahs will go in to this match clear favourites and will prove a very tough task for the Yellow Mungoes. Kandos have easily been the best team this season and deservedly sit undefeated after 10 matches having totalled 579 points while only conceded 86 points in the process. If the Mungoes are to have any hope of pulling off an upset they will need to stop Waratahs try scoring machine Ben Thompson who has crossed 22 times in just eight matches. Might be closer than you think.
Tip: Kandos by 18

AFL Central West – Round 14

Orange Tigers v Bathurst Bushrangers
Cowra Blues v Dubbo Demons
Match of the Round – Orange Tigers v Bathurst Bushrangers  
The penultimate round of the home and away season sees Orange taking on Bathurst at Bloomfield Oval, the two fresh from near 100 point wins last week. With both teams having secured top 2 spots the two can now focus on getting one over the other before they meet in the first week of finals.  Orange would love nothing more than two upset the reigning premiers while the Bushrangers will be confident of continuing on their perfect season. The Bushrangers easily accounted for the Tigers last time the two met but as Bushrangers coach Mark Kennedy often says no team can be taken lightly especially when playing at home.
Tip: Bathurst by 30

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