SAM Taylor’s lead in the Group 4 Best and Fairest evaporated when the rain came to dampen Group 4’s sixth round of Cup play.
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West Lions playmaker Sam Taylor leads the Group 4 Best and Fairest. Here he offloads before Armidale centre Aaron Morris (3), who polled the two points on Sunday, and a teammate can shut him down. West star Chris Hunt, who received the three points, is looking over Taylor’s shoulder. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 190616GOF02

The West playmaker had been threatening to run away with the award but, while his club won 56-16 against Armidale Rams and he scored two tries and kicked five goals, he didn’t figure in the referee’s points.

That went to Chris Hunt, who scored four tries and enabled Hunt to move within a point of his Lions teammate on the B&F table.

He was joined there by North Tamworth’s versatile utility playmaker Scott Blanch, who bagged the three points in his side’s 14-6 win over Narrabri.

Blanch and Hunt share second spot on the table, a point behind Taylor and Gunnedah’s Callum Hayne, who polled a point in Gunnedah’s golden-point 32-28 win over Oxley Diggers at Kitchener Park on Sunday.

Gunnedah captain-coach Trent Hilton picked up the three points in that game to sit in equal fifth with teammate Hayden Smith, Oxley Diggers captain coach Tim Coombes and Narrabri’s Nathan Harvey, who also polled two points in Sunday’s eight-point loss to NorthTamworth.

Hilton was surprised he polled the three points in his side’s extra-time win that has left him on five points and just two adrift of his Bulldog halfback Hayne and Taylor.

“That was pretty lucky,” he said.

“I thought Danny Read had a real big game for us.

“He’s a no nonsense forward who does a lot of hard work for us in defence.

“It was pretty surprising really.”

He also thought the Bulldog five-eighth Hayden Smith also excelled and that earned him the players’ player award.

Hooker Dylan Smith is another who deserved plenty of wraps.

“He keeps going all day, does a lot of work and is great out of dummy half,” Hilton said.

That Hayne sits atop the Best and Fairest table with Taylor is a reward for the hard work and tenacious performances he has produced since moving back from the Bears to his home town.

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