United stand up to Magpies
THE Lower Clarence Magpies failed to land the knockout blow against Northern United, falling to the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League newcomers 28-20 at Oaks Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.
The Magpies jumped away to an early lead, but a lack of possession and a number of mistakes handed the initiative to the home team and left the Magpies playing catch-up.
Magpies captain/coach Dallas Waters said he was 'disappointed' to lose the match and acknowledged his team's good start may have led to its downfall.
“We started well, got a couple of tries and then we slackened off,” he said.
“We got a bit ahead of ourselves and got a bit carried away.”
United capitalised on the Magpies' mistakes and at halftime led 12-8.
“We led early, but they came back with some possession and had a few sets in a row late in the half,” Waters said.
“I was happy with the performance, but was disappointed we dropped ground late in the half.”
The second half produced some entertaining football, but every time the Magpies cut into United's lead, the home team just skipped away.
However, the Magpies players stuck to their task and slowly ground their way back, only for United to steal the points with a late try in the shadows of full-time.
“Northern United scored a couple in the second half, but we played some quality football to get back into it,” Waters said. “But then they got a late try to steal the game.”
Although the loss identified a number of areas for the squad to work on before next week's home against Casino, Waters said the result also proved the club was on the right track.
NORTHERN UNITED 28 (Chris Swan 2, Fred Waters, Clarence Kelly, Michael Moran tries; Fred Waters 2, Roy Bell, Willie Hammond conversions) def LOWER CLARENCE 20 (G Jarrett 2, Jerry Byers, DJ Eamens tries G Brown 2 conversions).
LOWER CLARENCE 46 def NORTHERN UNITED 26
LOWER CLARENCE 24 def NORTHERN UNITED 16