Errors kill Buccaneers
By Tony White
"OUR error rate was way up and our completion rate way down."
The telling quote comes from Yamba Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett after the Pacific Hotel Yamba Buccaneers were beaten 27-10 by Wollongbar-Alstonville at Wollongbar on Saturday.
After leading five-nil early following a try to Adrian Miller and 10-all at half time, dropped ball proved extremely costly for the Buccaneers in the second half.
"We put ourselves under a lot of pressure with dropped ball from the first phase, trying to pop balls and not securing possession," Bennett said.
"They scored two trys from dropped ball in midfileld in the second half and those type of turnarounds are always hard to defend.
"We started to push passes instead of driving through and tended to play one out instead of using team work which served us so well last week."
While beaten the form of number eight Mitch McLennan was again outstanding.
"Mitch had a whale of a game," Bennett said. "And Pete Davis at hooker and Adrian Miller at fullback were also good."
Wollongbar managed to run away with the game in the second half and Bennett said at half time, after what he described as "very bad first half," hoped things would change in the second stanza.
However, team work was lacking.
"The biggest disappointment was we didn't play as a unit," Bennett said.
"Hopefully that will be our worst game of the year."
Bennett said while the line outs improved from last week's win against Lismore, there were still problems in that area.
"I need some clarification with the rules regarding lifting," Bennett said.
Zone points went to McLennan 3, Anthony Bennett (Wollongbar) 2 and Miller 1.
The Buccaneers tackle Ballina at home on April 22.