Buccaneers snatch defeat again

By TONY WHITE

CAN someone enforce in the Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers psyche that football games last for 80 minutes.

Yet again the rugby union men from Yamba were in sight of a win for 60 minutes against Lismore at Lismore on Saturday, only to fall away in the final stages.

It's been a repeat pattern throughout the season.

The Buccaneers led 13-10 at half time thanks to a try by Mitch McLennan, a conversion and two penalties to fullback Lee Everett. However, late in the second stanza Lismore ran away with the game to win 34-13.

As yet the Buccaneers have not learned how to win. They compete tenaciously and have matched the best teams in the Far North Coast competition, but when it has mattered most, the Buccaneers have come up empty, frustratingly often by small margins.

Injuries to Mitch McLennan (concussion), Nathan Ensby, hooker Pete Davis (ankle) and prop Brendan Rich (prop) didn't help the Buccaneers cause on Saturday, nor did several Lismore intercept tries as the Buccaneers attempted to throw the ball out wide.

"It was a good entertaining game to watch, but once again the other team ran away over the last bit," said Buccaneers coach Richard Almond. "We stuck with them for 60 minutes but they got a couple of intercept tries late in the second half.

"We also had a couple of injuries and had to use some third grade players."



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