Redmen and Cossacks all locked up at full-time
ILUKA Cossacks were kicking themselves at full-time after being held 5-all by Grafton Redmen.
Both sides have been starved of game time this season, with Iluka playing for the first time in three weeks and the Redmen having only one outing two weeks ago.
They were equally confident of nabbing their first wins of the Far North Coast Rugby Union President's Cup season too, with Redmen hooker Craig Howe saying they were planning on it being a drought-breaking win for the "thirsty thirds".
Try as they might, no team could break the deadlock, made worse for Cossacks after a line break came undone by a lost ball as they went to score what would have been the match-winning try.
Cossacks captain-coach Beau-Dean Oestmann said it was a tough game that could have gone either way, but he was happy with how his side performed given their lack of game time.
"A couple of calls went against us, but it was a good, tough game," Oestmann said.
"It's been two or three weeks since our last game. Lismore postponed on us two weeks ago and I'm not sure when we'll be playing that.
"We've got the bye next week, so at the moment it's one week on, one week off."
Yamba Buccaneers made it an unsuccessful weekend for Grafton Redmen after a 14-11 triumph in their reserve grade game at Yamba Oval.
The game, which was played under lights late last week, continued Yamba's perfect start to the year.
You can't help but feel for Southern Cross University who were pummelled for the second consecutive game.
Two weeks after being thumped 128-0 by Lismore, SCU were like lambs to the slaughter against a rampant Wollongbar-Alstonville, who scored 17 tries in their 115-5 romp. The only positive for SCU was the Zac Morris try. These are the first points they have registered this season.