Muswellbrook Ramettes gallant in 14-4 tag loss to Murrurundi Mavettes in Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League

THE Murrurundi Mavettes locked down second spot on the Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League ladder - for at least 24 hours - courtesy of a 14-4 victory over the Muswellbrook Ramettes at Wilson Memorial Park on Saturday.

The battle between two of the top four sides heading into round seven certainly lived up to expectations, with smart attacking raids and desperate tag defence a feature of the showdown.

But, it was the Mavettes who bounced back to form, following a narrow 22-20 loss to the Scone Thoroughbreds in their previous outing.

Murrurundi's Sheree Johnson put the hosts on the scoreboard first - and it remained 4-0 until the break.

The second half began well for the Mavettes, with Hannah Rando displaying plenty of pace to touch down for an 8-0 lead.

Murrurundi extended the margin to 14-0 when Erin West sliced down the sideline to cross over the white stripe.

Gracie Gallen landed the conversion.

The Ramettes refused to surrender, with Kylie Saunders showing a ton of class out wide to score.

However, time ran out for Muswellbrook, despite the efforts of Emily Huggins and tryscorer Saunders.

MURRURUNDI MAVETTES 14 (Sheree Johnson, Hannah Rando, Erin West tries; Gracie Gallen goal) defeated MUSWELLBROOK RAMETTES 4 (Kylie Saunders try)