Taylor piles on the points as Redmen cement top spot
By Dave Morrison
ANOTHER dazzling performance from point-scoring whiz Aaron Taylor highlighted the Mighty River Redmens' 51-0 defeat of Coolangatta Tweed at Mullumbimby on Saturday, the result keeping Grafton on top of the Cooper's Far North Coast Rugby table.
Taylor scored five tries to equal the club record, set earlier in the season by centre Shane Denshire, and with three conversions for a personal tally of 31 points, went close to his own club point-scoring record of 35, also set earlier this year.
Grafton's nine-try romp was on the back of an exceptional first half effort in which the Redmen hardly put a foot wrong.
However, it was their frugal defence that again pleased coach Gary Powell the most.
It was the second week that Grafton have held their opposition tryless, and they have conceded just four tries in their last four outings. Taylor was dangerous from fullback whenever he touched the ball, and scored Grafton's opening two tries to get the side off to a great start.
In an exceptionally good first half performance, Grafton had the win sealed when leading 32-0 by halftime.
The Redmen hardly made a mistake and countered the huge Tweed pack easily, particularly in the scrums.
Tweed countered well after the break and worked hard to keep in touch with the Redmen, however the competition leaders repelled the spirited challenge and finished to the game off with a further thee tries.
Denshire was probably the pick of the side, with a rousing game in both attack and defence, just shading Taylor for man of the match honours.
Not far behind was big lock Matt Runge whose cleanout was instrumental in Grafton gaining quick pick and drive ball to get the side moving forward.
Front rowers Scott Forwell and Gary Powell also stood out in a disciplined performance.