Late goal seals win for Buccaneers

THE Yamba Buccaneers opened the 2010 season with a tough trip up the hill to Kyogle. There is a history of tough and tight battles between the Bucs and the Cockies and this was not expected to be any different.

It proved to be the case as the Bucs claimed a nail-biting 32-31 victory. Against a side missing 10 key troops, the Cockies started strong and for the first 15 minutes dominated possession with rolling mauls and tight pick and drives. The Bucs were first to score through a Kris Thomsen penalty and then a sweeping backline move which saw Tristan Allard score out wide. The conversion from near the sideline gave Yamba a 10-0 lead. Both teams then traded tries with Ben Olsen scoring for the Bucs and the game was locked at 17-17 at the break. The Bucs came out firing after the break and scored two quick tries to Liam Jones and Scott Moore.

But the Bucs then relaxed and the Cockies racked up two converted tries to take a 31-29 lead with five minutes to go. The Bucs were down to one reserve after prop Dan Kelly hobbled of in the first five minutes and Tristan Allard re-injured his hamstring near half time, but showed great commitment and were rewarded with a penalty in injury time. Five-eighth Kris Thomsen stepped up and nailed the penalty from 40m out to give the Bucs a character-building 32-31 victory. It was one of the best team efforts seen in Buccs history, with makeshift prop Pat Day, hooker Brodie Rheinberger and engine room stars Cameron Fishburn, Ben Olsen and Dave Fleming firing. Out wide the control of Kris Thomsen and the dangerous injection of Liam Jones were the difference.

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