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Promoted from the Toyota Outback Opens team to the Rangers squad, Marshall scored the first try of the afternoon and looked to be feted as a hero with a length-of-the-field effort at the death.
The Mount Isa indigenous icon scooped up a loose ball and ran into the clear, only for officials to call back play for an alleged double knock-on. It left the final scoreline 28-24 in NSW Country?s favour.
?To have a certain try taken away from us like that hurts,? said Rangers coach Marshall Colwell.
?But we won?t use it as an excuse. They got a couple (of tries) on us in the centre of the park.?
The Queensland side led 12-6 at halftime in a battle where plenty of pride was shown.
Rangers had easily accounted for a depleted Country side 50-22 in Murwillumbah last year and the southerners were out for revenge.
?It was a very tough game but thoroughly enjoyable,? Colwell said.
?There were plenty of blokes with cuts and bruises?a couple in and out of consciousness. No quarter was given.
?It was no place for the faint-hearted that?s for sure.?
Backing up from being a member of last year?s team, Redcliffe winger Liam Georgetown scored two tries and kicked 4 goals, while Gatton?s Aaron Werth added the other.
In the curtain-raiser match New South Wales Under 18s beat the Totota Outback Under 19s 76-0.
The Outback Opens side was beaten 70-0 in Brisbane by the Mixwell Cup representative team.
NEW SOUTH WALES COUNTRY 28 (Chris Bailey 2, Adam Blake, Phil Stonham, Ben Murphy tries; Adam Blake 4 goals) beat QUEENSLAND RANGERS 24 (Liam Georgetown 2, Brendon Marshall, Aaron Werth tries; Liam Georgetown 4 goals).
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