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

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.