Inexperience cost Iluka the game
INEXPERIENCE cost the Iluka Cossacks dearly when the Far North Coast Rugby Union Village Competition kicked off on Saturday.
The Cossacks hosted Evans River under sunny skies and in front of a good crowd of vocal supporters.
They fielded a youthful and vastly inexperienced side but looked sharp as they sprang out of the blocks during the first stanza.
Iluka were awarded an early penalty that Dominic Faddy converted to put his side on the scoring sheets.
However, the visiting side showed some pluck, and with the wind at their backs and a good kicking game kept Iluka working hard to get out of their own half.
A little bit of inexperience and ill-discipline by the Cossacks gave Evans River halfback Lewis Hughes easy penalty opportunities and he took his side into oranges with a 9-3 lead.
The Cossacks failed to take advantage of the wind during the second half, persisting to run the ball instead of playing basic rugby by putting the ball down the other end and using the corners.
Although its attack was left wanting, Iluka’s defence was outstanding, led by loose forward Luke Vial and hard-hitting second-rower Matt Lee.
A couple of late tries due to tiring defenders allowed Evans to take the match with a final flattering scoreline of 21-3.
In a beaten side several Cossacks stood out alongside of Vial and Lee notably Captain Rick Schneider, loose forward Dom Faddy and No 8 Matt Duncombe.
With the first game out of the way the entire Cossack camp remains positive for its 2011 campaign.
Iluka’s defence was outstanding, led by loose forward Luke Vial and hard hitting second rower Matt Lee