Buccaneers cop belting thanks to costly errors
SIMPLE mistakes have been blamed after the Yamba Buccaneers crashed to 31-5 loss to Wollongbar-Alstonville on Saturday.
The Buccaneers headed into the match on a high after a big win over Kyogle and with the belief they would field a full squad for only the second time this season.
The reality was much different and an angry Paul Rheinberger took aim at a number of his squad.
"We were looking at having a full squad but a group of players decided to get hydrated a little earlier than expected and didn't play which left us short," Rheinberger said.
"It was a bit of a touch-up and the guys that were there did all they could.
"Poor execution, missing the first tackles and other simple mistakes let us down."
Yamba were boosted by three Iluka Cossacks who made the trip over the Clarence River to have a run, but even they could not prevent Wollongbar from recording their fifth win of the season.
Despite the lopsided score line, Rheinberger said the Buccaneers matched the visitors in the early stages.
"We were only 12-5 down at half-time so we had a chance to win it," Rheinberger said.
"Again, it was those simple things that let us down.
"I can't fault for the guys for their efforts."
Captain Ben Olsen led while teenagers Cory Rheinberger, Liam Wilox and Scott Boothby also impressed.
"They played particularly well on Saturday but they have in most games," Rheinberger said.
"Benny tried his best to encourage everyone to step up as well. He's been doing it all himself and is consistently one of our best."
Yamba will not have any time to lick their wounds with the Clarence Valley derby against the Grafton Redmen next week.
"We're definitely looking forward to it," Rheinberger said.
"The rivalry between us is always a big one and it extends beyond the footy field. It is going to be a big game."