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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