Buccaneers take on Bulls

ON Saturday the Yamba Buccaneers took on the Casino Under-19 Bulls. Yamba started well but found themselves three points behind after an early infringement.

This got Yamba into gear, despite Casino having a distinct size advantage in the forwards, Yamba’s forwards dominated the scrums, rucks and mauls, giving the backs plenty of room.

This led to Yamba’s first try to Andrew Kapeen who stepped and danced his way to the Bull’s tryline. Next try came to new signing Max Marsden who found himself in open space.

Then it was the forwards turn, after receiving a scrum 10m out, a solid hit up by Jordan Walker with good support from the rest of the pack saw short tryline specialist Dylan Wood pick and drive his way over the line to give Yamba a 17-3 lead at half-time.

The talk at half-time was all positive on how the young Buccs were to carry on where they left off and put Casino away.

But unfortunately that’s where they left it, the Yamba’s forwards thought a good place to have a rest once making a tackle would be the Casino side of a ruck, and the Casino players where happy to accommodate Yamba by holding them there and not letting them roll away.

Unfortunately the referee did not share the same view as Yamba and duly penalised them. With this advantage Casino found themselves close to Yamba’s line, only to have the ball stolen.

The clearing kick went straight to the Bull’s fullback who ran through several would-be tacklers to score close to the posts. The try converted was converted to make it 17-10.

On the back of more penalties, Casino once again found themselves attacking Yamba’s line, the Bulls pointed out to the referee of an infringement to which he then sent the Yamba player to have a 10-minute rest.

This lead to an immediate try, which was converted, 17-all. With a man down Yamba worked there way up the park and received a very rare penalty, deciding to take the shot, only to see the ball steer to the left of the post. Back to full strength the young Buccs tried in vain to cross Casino’s.

The end result, 17-17, was better than a loss but still that hollow feeling. Yamba is showing signs of improving every game. Points went to: Dylan Wood (3), Nathan Rheinberger (2) and Jarrod Wilson (1). The players’ player recipient was Jordan Walker.

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