Magpies have their wings clipped
A SIX-try second-half avalanche saw Marist Brothers sweep Lower Clarence aside 44-14 at Crozier Field, Lismore yesterday.
The wayward Magpies outfit led 14-12 at the break but never looked in control of a match riddled with stoppages.
There were two sin-bins, 11 tries and more high shots than you’d get from the Good Year blimp ensuring the game never really flowed.
But in between, there was plenty of entertaining footy.
Ryan Binge was the Magpies’ best up front as only Dan Randall was the sole Lower Clarence back to fire.
Jack Woods and Noel King grabbed doubles in the rout, but it was all set up by a bruising display from Brothers forwards Darryl Butcher and Simon Andrews.
Butcher could have been Cronulla Sharks cult hero Danny Nutley the way he was bending the line back and offloading to his support, and Andrews produced 80 minutes of ironman quality in attack and defence.
Coach David Krause loved the second-half performance of his forward pack and also singled out fullback Nick DeGuisti who will go for x-rays on a suspected broken jaw from a high-shot he copped in the motion of scoring a try.
“Darryl Butcher is probably the best offloader in the competition,” Krause said. “Today he was more selective with them and it paid dividends.”
Krause is blessed with his new backrowers, Andrews and Jack Durheim, who did the hard yards and released Luke Pettit to concentrate on leading the side.
“Luke played at a really high level for us last year; now he has that support in the back-row that allows him to excel in his role as captain," he said.
Dan Randall and Ryan Binge were most damaging for the Magpies. Randall scored their opening try before being sin-binned for striking. The big three-quarter took exception to a lifting tackle on a team-mate and ran in swinging before being marched.
Jack Woods was also binned late in the match for back-chat – a call that left “a bee in the bonnet” of Krause.
“The referee did a great job out there today,” Woods said.
“But I just can’t work out how players can get marched for saying something in the heat of battle, while others are injuring blokes with high-shots and allowed to stay on the field.”