Buccs hooked on winning habits

By Tony White


WINNING is becoming an enjoyable habit for the Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers.

Yamba's good early season form continued unabated when they disposed of Tweed with an authoritive 34-10 win in Coolangatta on Saturday to mark the club's fifth win in the Far North Coast Rugby competition.

"A pleasing win and we also picked up a bonus point," Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett said.

"We're very happy to beat them (Tweed) in Coolangatta."

The Buccaneers cemented second place on the competition ladder and the stage is now set for a much anticipated top of the table clash with the undefeated Grafton Redmen at Rugby Park, South Grafton, on May 27. Yamba has a bye this Saturday.

Following some good lead-up work by the forwards Ben Lardner posted first points for Yamba after 13 minutes diving over following a rolling maul.

Five minutes later league recruit Liam Jones raced 50 metres after a kick through and converted from the sideline to extend Yamba's lead to 12-nil.

A try to Tweed in the 30th minute made it 12-5 then Jones kicked a penalty goal in the 33rd minute, Yamba stretching its lead to 15-5.

Smart thinking from fly-half Anthony Begg, taking a quick penalty and bursting through the defence to score had Yamba with a 22-5 half time lead.

Jones was in the thick of the action again seven minutes after the break picking up a grubber kick in behind Tweed's goal line then converting his own try to extend the lead to 29-10 and the game virtually out of Tweed's reach.

Five minutes later Tweed scored to make it 29-10 before centre Tristan Allard scored another five pointer for Yamba in the 25th minute.

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