In-form Yamba punish Bangalow
THE Yamba Buccaneers downed premiers Bangalow 57-0 in a lop-sided affair at Yamba on Saturday.
Keen to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2010 season, the Bucs started strongly with the forwards showing their dominance early with a push-over try in the first five minutes.
Grant Rookes was awarded the try but the whole pack could lay claim to the five pointer.
Three minutes later Rookes crossed again to complete a try-scoring double. Five-eighth Kris Thomsen converted to give the Bucs a 12-0 lead.
Josh Burnes finished off the half with a tenacious try out wide which was converted by Thomsen to give the home side a 19-0 lead at the break.
The Bucs focus in the second half was to maintain the pressure and they did so with prop Anthony Edwards and inside centre Cohen Rheinberger crossing for converted tries soon after the restart.
One of the highlights of the day was the return to the paddock of Mitch McLennan after a serious knee injury.
It didn’t take long for McLennan to get onto the score sheet when he scored with one of his first touches.
In the following 10 minutes he completed a hat-trick of tries, all courtesy of his trade mark rampaging bursts which the beleaguered Bangalow defence had no answer for.
Rheinberger then crossed for his second try of the day and when and Thomsen converted the 57-0 scoreline was complete.
It was another solid performance from everyone who took the field and competition for positions is really driving the players at training and on the field.
Special mention goes to new breakaway Mike Zucker who dominated the breakdown in the first half, Rookes and Burnes who were everywhere and Pat Day who made metres with every carry.
In the backs Kris Thomsen controlled the team and was well supported by Rheinberger and Tristan Allard.
Points went to Day, Edwards, Rheinberger and Zucker. Zucker also picked up the players’ player award.
The Buccaneers travel to Murwillumbah this weekend to take on the competition’s newcomers.