Lismore has Buccs walking the plank
By Tony White
"BAR a steal, we didn't win one lineout all day," lamented Yamba Buccaneers coach Andrew Bennett.
The Buccs were keel-hauled to the tune of 28-8 by Lismore in Lismore in a game where possession flowed to the locals like a Warragamba Dam opening.
Being on the wrong side of a 18-6 penalty count didn't help Yamba's chances either, but they were clearly beaten by a better side on the day.
Lismore centre Stephen Hughes opened Lismore's scoring account after only two minutes to lead 7-nil then Yamba scored a penalty goal through Jones to trial 7-3.
A try to centre Tristan Allard gave Yamba the lead 8-7 after 20 minutes, but weight of possession told and Hughes was in for his second and a penalty goal saw Lismore go to the break leading 15-8.
The second half, with Lismore dominating possession again and Yamba being caned in penalties continued the first half trend.
"We just played without possession," Bennett said. "We certainly infringed, but our guys tackled well and our scrum held up. Lack of possession and our line out continually put us under pressure."
Bennett admitted line out work will be on the agenda this week.
"We don't have a lot of tall timber and our consistency of throwing hasn't been good," he said.
"I've been known to come up with a few different things and we'll be working on line-outs to combat the problem. We've had problems in that area before, then come good, but obviously it's dropped off again."
Bennett said fullback Luke Many, who won the teams Players' Player award, played particularly well under the high ball and constant pressure.
The club's points went to Paul Hope 3, Luke Many 2 and Ben Lardner 1.