Yamba props tops in points frenzy
THE Yamba Buccaneers continued their unbeaten season with an impressive 73-3 thrashing of Murwillumbah in their Far North Coast Rugby Union clash at Yamba Rugby Oval on Saturday.
Players' Player Kris Thomsen led the way for the home side, crossing for three tries and booting 10 conversions and a penalty goal as he amassed a personal tally of 38 points.
Scott Moore impressed with a try-scoring double while centre partner Ben Olsen, wingers Bryce Finck and Jim Seminaoli, second-rower Dave Fleming and replacement back Chris Jones also crossed the line in the 10-try thrashing.
With a reputation built on the back of a solid forward pack and strong defence, Murwillumbah were expected to test the Buccaneers but the home side dominated the match from the outset.
Yamba took control of the set piece early with front-row partners Rod McPhillips, Rob Bell and Anthony Edwards displaying their class and experience.
Such was their effort, that all three attracted points in the players' awards, as did Thomsen and Mitch McLennan.
But it was the front-row trio that laid the platform for the win while the Buccaneers' defence was strong across the ground.
That defensive pressure robbed Murwillumbah of any momentum and paved the way for the Buccaneers' attacking forays.
The win assures the Buccaneers the minor premiership and guarantees they will host the major semi-final at Yamba Rugby Oval on August 28.
Before then, the Buccaneers will take on local rivals Iluka Cossacks at Iluka.
After an upset win over Byron Bay at the weekend, the Cossacks will be hoping to finish their season with another victory when they host lower river neighbours.
Meanwhile, tickets are still available for the Yamba Buccaneers' black tie ball to be staged at the Yamba Bowling Club on August 14.