Dolphins bow out of NPC rugby comp
AN impressive Central North Kookaburras outfit outclassed Far North Coast Dolphins 41-3 in the opening round of the Landmark NSW Country Rugby Union Country Championships at Ballina on Saturday night.
Central North will now meet Mid North Coast on March 19 to determine which zone will progress to the NPC play-offs at Aussie Stadium on March 26.
The Kookaburras asserted their authority from the first scrum where they put the lighter Far North Coast pack under enormous pressure, forcing a turnover.
The pattern continued throughout the first half and the visitors backline capitalised on the platform set by the forwards to score three good tries.
Centre Damien McDermid, from Yamba, landed a penalty goal for the Dolphins in the eighth minute to level the scores at 3-all, but the Kookaburras backline ran good angles bringing tries to winger Ben Colley and halfback David Heyman.
Down 22-3 at halftime, the Dolphins regrouped to control possession and territory for the first 20 minutes after the break.
But the Kookaburras broke out in the 23rd minute with a try to centre Luke Urquhart, extending their lead to 29-3.
Late tries to No.8 Anthony Kaberry and replacement winger Matt Sanson on fulltime provided the lopsided final scoreline.
Matt Hartmann joined Kroehnert, who was on 30, eventually smacking a four off the last ball of only the 12th over to earn South a jubilant win.
Page was awarded man of the match honours after his brilliant spell.
The young South team now has the night premiership trophy in the cabinet and after the weekend's results from the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League, is also minor premier.
The biggest prize still awaits ? a grand final win on March 20.