JAY Phillips is the toast of the town after clinching a last-gasp win for Yamba Buccaneers on Saturday.

Hosting Lennox Head in the first game of the season, the Buccaneers snuck home 13-12 after Phillips scored a try after the siren had sounded.

Coach Tim Gooley said the win was testament to the extra training the team did during the off-season.

"It showed the boys not only had the right attitude, but the fitness training with Kris Thomsen paid off," Gooley said.

"The talk was positive throughout the game, even those last few minutes we were down.

"It shows the club is in a good spot."

Ben Olsen scored Yamba's first try of the season in the opening five minutes, while a Jason James penalty late in the half made up the rest of the points.

Five-eighth Johnny Scott, playing his first game in five years, was named player's player.

Captain Brody Rheinberger and front-rower Trent Carr also impressed.

The win moves Yamba to fifth in the 10-team Reserve Grade competition, above Clarence Valley rivals Grafton Redmen who sit seventh.

Iluka Cossacks paid the price for their lack of pre-season training with a 36-0 thumping at the hands of Evans River in President's Cup.



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