Buccs scramble to down battling Trojans
FNC Rugby Union
THE Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers have taken a step closer to securing second spot in the Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union premiership with a hard-fought 45-3 win over Lennox Head on Saturday.
It was anything but an easy victory to Yamba, with the score line only blowing out in the last 20 minutes of the match as the Trojans tired.
Yamba ? for once -started with the referee's first whistle and had two tries on the board within the first 15 minutes.
But Lennox hit back and dominated possession and territory for the next quarter of the game.
Some poor decision making from Yamba ? who were rushed into playing an unsuitable game plan by a committed Trojans side ? gave Lennox a sniff, and it was only heroic scrambling defence on numerous occasions from the Buccs which kept Lennox tryless.
Yamba went to the break with three tries on the board, but in the knowledge the performance was below par.
Lennox came out strongly in the second half and threatened Yamba, but with the Buccs forwards dominating the scrums and the line outs, Lennox struggled for decent ball.
Yamba's backs were at times guilty of wasting the glut of quality first-phase possession, but their attack and support from broken play set up numerous tries.
Grant Rookes and Shaun Jackson in their first grade debuts were excellent while Josh Byrnes ? who came off the bench ? was outstanding, and added another dimension to the forwards.