Magpies put hobbles on Mustangs

Rugby league

By Bob Anthony

IT wasn't the start to the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition, Murwillumbah Mustangs supporters were hoping for after their side went down to Lower Clarence 30-22 at Stan Sercombe Oval, yesterday.

In a game where the players let themselves down as well, the Mustangs surrendered a half time 14-10 lead to see the visitors capitlise on their mistakes and take the competition points.

Coach Con Theodossiou his side lacked the intensity needed to win the competition on the day, but wasn't prepared to hit the panic button.

"This is just one game and our boys will be better for the run but we let ourselves and our supporters down today," Theodossiou said.

"We didn't play well with the ball, we didn't control it and we gave away too many penalties.

"With the amount of possession Lower Clarence had ,they deserved to win.

"They may not have been the fittest side but to their credit, they just kept coming at us and captilised on our mistakes."

Theodossiou said his side looked good when they did control the ball but with statistics which revealed a marked drop in completions of their sets of six in the second half, it will be an issue which no doubt the Mustangs will be working on this week at training.

"We completed 14 out of 22 sets in the the first half and only six out of 22 in second half and you can't give away that much ball and expect to win the game," he said.

"We don't like losing at home but we'll take plenty out of this and come back better for it."

For Murwillumbah, Theodossiou said that second rower Matt Slattery, lock Lionel Foster and fullback Shannon Murphy had very strong games.

FIRST GRADE: Lower Clarence 30 d Murwillumbah 22

RESERVES: Murwillumbah 62 d Lower Clarence 10

UNDER-18: Murwillumbah 46 d Lower Clarence 26

(Detailed scores not available.)

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