FROM THE MAGPIES NEST: Under-18s valiant in loss to Cougars
RUGBY LEAGUE: Lower Clarence Magpies were well represented by their Under 18s last Saturday afternoon when they opened the program for Tweed Valley against Casino at Cabarita Beach.
Although they went down 24-12 it was against a side they should beat on any other occasion. The opposition scored four tries to three but whereas they converted all four of their tries Magpies were unable to convert one. Penalties were 7 - 7 for the match.
Magpies opened the scoring with probably the best try of the match when Izaac Daley scored in the corner after a lovely cut out pass by halfback Vinnie Williams. At half time Casino led 12-8 with two of their tries the result of piggy back penalties and a dropped ball in front of the posts.
Coaches Heron and McGoldrick identified some key issues at half-time and we scored first after half-time but were unable to maintain that momentum.
Although there was 100% effort from all the boys (including two from Tweed) the execution was much less as there was far too much dropped ball.
As players became tired the completion rate when in possession dropped to less than 40%. That was the main reason for the defeat but there is enough class in the squad to rise to the occasion when they have to play their next game against a strong Cudgen side.
Best players for Magpies were hooker Callan Hollis, lock forward Shane Dennis, as well as Williams and fullback Dane Laurie.