Yamba Buccaneers bring home win
THE UNDEFEATED Yamba Buccaneers senior team won 21-10 when they travelled away to take on Byron Bay, who were also undefeated after two rounds in a top of the table clash.
Byron had been playing good rugby in 2010, helped by some imports, and had defeated last year’s premiers Bangalow convincingly last start.
The Bucs were again turning up with the bare minimum due to injuries and work commitments but were determined to continue their good start to the year.
The game started at a frantic pace with Byron having the majority of the possession in the first 15 minutes but Yamba’s committed defence across the park looked solid.
After a turnover the buccaneers spread the ball wide and a rampaging Leigh Bushell busted through numerous defenders, in a Lomu-like run of 40m to score beside the posts. Kris Thomsen’s conversion took the score to 7-0. Byron then converted a penalty to make it 7-3 at half-time.
The second half continued the great display of rugby by both sides.
It was credit to both sides that they allowed the game to flow and wanted to play with the ball. Yamba added two more tries through Cohen Rheinberger after a well-worked backline move and then Grant Rookes who collected good lineout ball 15m out and beat the defence to score under the posts.
Both tries were converted by the reliable Kris Thomsen who is in career best form. Byron scored late to make the score 21-10 in what was great game of rugby played by two teams who should be there at the business end of the season. For the Bucs it was another solid performance across the field and the points went to 1- Leigh bushel, 2- Cohen Rheinberger 3- Rob Bell and the players player was Leigh “Lomu” Bushell.
The Bucs have a bye next week and will then be at home to Evans Head. It is hoped a near full squad will be available so competition for positions will be on.