Mercy dash too much for Lower
By MAX GODBEE
A SOUTH Grafton Mercy dash was bad news for Lower Clarence in Saturday night's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League match at McKittrick Park.
Brothers Ken and Ray Mercy scored five tries between them in the Rebel's 38-14 win.
It was a case of Cyclone Rebel striking early with the Red and Whites scoring 23 points to nil in as many minutes, to open the game and pave the way for their impressive eight tries to three win.
It took 28 minutes before Lower Clarence got their first points on the board with a try from dummy half to hard-working hooker Chris Brophy.
The Magpies definitely held the advantage for the remaining 12 minutes of the first half,
scoring two more tries to reduce the deficit to just eight points and trail 14-20 at the halfway break.
However, South regained momentum in the second session, keeping the visitors scoreless in that 40 minutes while putting on four themselve, all wide out and all unconverted, to finish 24 points clear of their opponents.
The Rebels had their first try on the board after only seven minutes with half back Andy Bell delivering Ray Mercy a copybook pass to see the big five-eighth race 30 metres to touch down under the crossbar.
Five minutes later it was almost a repeat try from Mercy, and not long after Ken Mercy scored the first of his three tries for the match.
Bell, a Rebels' import from Tabulam was having an outstanding game in general play and added to his prestige with conversion of all three early tries.
He missed out on the fourth after exciting centre Walter Donnelly touched down out wide, but South Grafton were looking good with 22 points on the board and just 22 minutes gone on the clock.
Brophy's quick-thinking try from dummy half certainly set the Lower Clarence team alight and they were the better team as five-eighth Jason Wilkinson and former South Grafton forward Terry Power scored tries two and three for the Magpies.
South Grafton dominated the second half as Lower Clarence wilted.Ken Mercy added his second and third tries for the game, Donnelly his second and the speedy winger Dave Purcell added the other four pointer.
The Mercy brothers were recruits to South Grafton from Lower Clarence and Lower Clarence officials must be lamenting their loss.