Inside centre Ben Salkeld has been helping to coach the Yamba Buccaneers since suffering a late-season injury.
Inside centre Ben Salkeld has been helping to coach the Yamba Buccaneers since suffering a late-season injury. Matthew McInerney

Buccaneers slim hopes of making finals are still on track

YAMBA Buccaneers' finals hopes remain on track after they received a forfeit from Kyogle on Saturday.

The Buccaneers need to win all their remaining games and hope other results fall their way to make the reserve grade finals, and Kyogle's forfeit will only ensure their race goes down to the wire.

Their chances were improved immensely after Lismore thrashed Lennox Head 59-0, a result that allowed Yamba to jump to fifth.

Grafton Redmen had a forfeit from Bangalow which sees them to stay fourth with a five-point advantage over Yamba.

Injured inside centre Ben Salkeld coached the Buccaneers for the first time in Tim Gooley's absence in their win over Bangalow last week.

"Tim is more of the Wayne Bennett-style coach while I'm the Craig Bellamy," Salkeld joked.

"That was my first time so I can't complain with the 100% record."

Salkeld has helped Gooley on the bench since he was injured in their round 13 loss with Wollongbar-Alstonville.

Salkeld said he should be back on the field next year.

The Buccaneers travel to Murwillumbah this Saturday and will host their Ladies' Day in the last-round clash against Lismore on August 23.



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