BUCCANEER RAID: Scot Moore bursts between two Ballina players, about to set up a try for support player Adrian Miller.
BUCCANEER RAID: Scot Moore bursts between two Ballina players, about to set up a try for support player Adrian Miller.

Searching for first win

By JAKE SMITH

THE Yamba Buccaneers will look to break their duck in the Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast Rugby Union first grade match against Alstonville Wollongbar at Yamba Oval today.

At the round-eight stage of the competition the Buccaneers have yet to register a win, despite pushing some of the leading teams and drawing last week with Ballina.

Coach Richard Almond says "It's a mental thing, if they turn up with the will to win then they can do it.

"They're physically fit it's just getting over that first barrier."

Last week Yamba looked like winning the match, but couldn't keep it together ending up in a 17-all draw against the well-performed Ballina side.

Early in the season Yamba played Wollongbar in round 2 and put in their worst performance of the year.

Wollongbar walloped the Buccaneers Yamba 32-10.

"This is a motivating force for the boys because we know we're better then that and we've proved that in games against some of the tougher sides," Almond said.

"With the home-ground advantage this week, hopefully we can come away with a win and get a roll-on for the rest of the year.

"The boys are really keen."

Yamba players to watch for are Mitch McLennan, who had a fantastic game last week, their 'weapon on the wing' Tristan Alard and also the Lower Clarence Magpie rugby league convert Lee Everett, who should have a big game at outside centre.

The forwards are in good shape, but are without the likes of hooker Pete Davis and prop Anthony Edwards.

"Our tight-five are getting better and better," Almond said.

"They take on the tough forward pack from Wollongbar, who are expected to be dominate throughout the match.

"Nick Glen, who was an out- standing performer in their previous head-to-head clash, showed great play-making skils scoring and setting up tries all over the place.

"He'll be one to watch out for amongst the Wollongbar side."

nSYDNEY. ? A late Cameron Shepherd try has secured Australia a tight 28-22 victory over Scotland in its opening match of the Under21 Rugby World Championships in Argentina.

Shepherd crossed in the 75th minute to give Australia victory and a bonus point for scoring four tries.



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