A tighter rugby comp

WITH both Coffs Harbour teams still in trialling mode the Mid North Coast rugby season proper began on the weekend with the premier Port Macquarie A side taking up where they left off on grand final day.

The Pirates coasted to the line in their 31-17 victory over South West Rocks but it wasn't all plain sailing for the B side when Kempsey came calling.

Showing their best form for almost a decade the Cannonballs thrashed the home team 60-5 with teenaged standoff Alfie Drew dynamic as he set the game on fire.

With Drew creating opportunities all over the park, the team raced to a 30-0 lead by intermission with Port's only moment of satisfaction coming with a sole touchdown late in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Bowraville almost celebrated the perfect debut in the top grade, going close to engineering an upset of Hastings Valley.

In a tight contest, the Goannas came from 10-0 behind to score just on half time, and then hit the lead midway through the second half.

But desperate running from the Vikings forwards rescued the situation and a late try to Paul Hardy saved their bacon for an 18-15 win.

In the under 19s, Coffs Rugby were downed 33-10 by a 12-man Kempsey outfit while the Pirates edged out South West Rocks 18-17 in a nail-biter played at Stuart Park.

  • This Saturday sees Coffs Breakers playing at home against Port Pirates B while Coffs Crushers travel south to face the Hastings Valley Vikings.

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