Bucs' late try wins opener
THE Yamba Buccaneers senior rugby side participated in the inaugural Evans Head 10s on Saturday.
A good squad of players traveled north keen to transfer some of the pre-season training onto the field.
The first game was a close encounter against a strong Byron Bay team and after Byron scored two quick tries the Bucs fought back to win with a try to Liam Jones on the bell.
The game also was highlighted by the debut of new signing Jim Seminaoli who scored his first try for the club in the opening half. Other tryscorers were Paul Hope and Cohen Rheinberger.
The next two games were dominated by the Buccaneers 38-5 and 29-5 against Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby respectively. Another Buccaneer debutant Bryce Finck scored his first try for the club and the enforcer Grant Rooks bagged five tries for the day.
The final was contested between the only two undefeated teams on the day the Buccaneers and the hosts Evans Head. Some early mistakes cost Yamba and allowed Evans Head to get away to a big lead which the Bucs couldn’t recover.
Overall it was a strong hit-out for the club and especially impressive were performances of the big men Anthony Edwards, Rob Bell and Jackson Lucas.
The next trial will be against local rivals Grafton Redmen and the Iluka Cossacks at the Yamba Rugby Oval on March 27.
Training will continue at the Angourie sports fields for the next fortnight and then return to the Yamba Rugby Oval at the end of the cricket season.
All players are welcome on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6pm, especially players interested in playing under-19s as the next two weeks will determine if that side is nominated.