Buccaneers in fade-out
TWENTY-SEVEN unanswered points in the second half – that’s what it took for the FNC rugby under-19 favourites Wollongbar/Alstonville to show the Clarence Coast Air-conditioning Buccaneers that games are won in 70 minutes and not 35.
The young Bucs started in great fashion dominating attack, defence and field position. The aggressive tactics certainly put their more fancied opponents off their game.
Props Trent Carr and Dylan Wood led from the front with strong runs and solid defence. A penalty close to Wollongbar’s line saw Yamba maul the ball up to the try line only to be brought down just short.
A pick-and-drive from the back of the ruck saw Wood post the only points Yamba were to receive on the day – 5-0, at halftime and looking in total control.
The second half saw an unbelievable turnaround, with the Young Bucs failing to respect possession of the ball.
Their condition fell away and they failed to set their line of defence.
Wollongbar stepped in and got their show on the road, clicking up another gear and scoring five tries, including a couple from great running rugby.
The scoreline could have been greater if it wa snot for the outstanding one-on-one solid defence of Luke Bourke.
Despite the effort and hard work done by James Gill, Jarrod Wilson, Jai O’Neil in the forwards and Chris Jones, Joe Walker, Dylan Farlow and Matt Headon in the backs, this game has shown Yamba that it will take more commitment, hard work and disci- pline to be there come finals time.
Points Jarrod Wilson 3, James Gill 2, Nathan Rheinberger 1.
In the absence of his brother players’ player went to Joey Walker.