Coffs boys on a high

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

GIVE a team with a lightning fast backline room to move and more often than not they'll cut you to pieces.

"Every time we get the ball we just run and back ourselves," said Hugh Amos, captain of the Coffs Harbour High Rugby team.

"Everyone expects us to kick but most of the time we just run the ball because we're at least one man up."

In today's Rugby this has become an almost rare game plan, but it's been good enough for Coffs Harbour High to use it to perfection and win this year's Mid North Coast High School Rugby competition after defeating Bishop Druitt College 31-7.

Coming into the final match of the round-robin series, the two schools were on top of the table and went into the match knowing that victory would secure them this year's title.

When asked for his thoughts on the Jetty boys winning the title, Amos gave a David and Goliath response.

"It's nice for a public school to get one up on the private schools," he said.

At half time of the final game, Coffs High actually trailed Bishop Druitt 7-0, but a few motivating words had the new champs coming out breathing fire in the second half.

"Most of the team are all in Year 12 and we just reminded each other of how important the game was to us," the captain said.

"And our coach Ken Crabb has been around the school for a while and he's like our head motivator.

"I think he was almost crying when we won."

The team has some outstanding speed in the backline, particularly Amos himself at full back and young gun Dennis Gordon.

Gordon has been most impressive in his debut year of first grade with the Sawtell Panthers but in this years schoolboys rugby comp, he has been making more line breaks than a Japanese factory makes microchips.

The Coffs Harbour team is now preparing to play in the ODS Computers High Schools Rugby Final against Taree Christian Community School.

To be played today at Port Macquarie's Stuart Park, the school that wins the final will receive $5000 from the competition sponsors.

"Everyone's really pumped up for the day," Amos said.

But his follow up remark showed the care free attitude expected from such a youthful group.

"We're really looking forward to the bus trip down and the bus trip back."

Local rugby guru Des Hoy who has been a major catalyst behind the establishment of the High School competition was full of praise for Coffs Harbour's attacking style of play saying that it was perfectly suited to the 10 man a side format.

"If it was 15-a-side they might struggle as there's more rucks and mauls," he said.

"But the 10 a side game suits them much better."



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