Crushing win is just what coach ordered

COFFS HARBOUR Rugby underlined their quality with an effortless 50-0 win over Kempsey at Park Beach Plaza Rugby Park on Saturday.

The Cannonballs had an inauspicious warning from the kick-off this would be a hard day at the office.

They put the ball into touch on the full and the resulting Coffs scrum win had play stationed in front of their goal posts within four phases.

Coffs received a penalty and following one charge to the left and two passes back to the right, the first try was registered by Aaron Miller, all before 90 seconds of time had elapsed.

"Very happy with the performance and the boys got stronger the further the match went," happy coach Paul Butcher said.

"They were out of puff at the break and completely stuffed by full-time which is how it should be.

"I want them running hard for the duration."

All the 'big guns' fired, especially halfback Leith Vaughan who had a masterful match to finish with three tries.

His final touchdown the last of the game completely mesmerised the visitors.

When Coffs won a scrum close to the Kempsey line all the signals suggested play would move infield.

But Vaughan was bluffing and scooted back to the right to score untouched in the corner.

"We're very quick at the scrum base and very sharp out wide," Butcher added.

"Definitely gives us an edge, especially when the forwards are firing."

Butcher wanted a top class pipe-opener for next Saturday's return bout with Port Pirates and believes that's just what he received.

"There were a couple of niggling injuries out of the game but we should be right for the weekend," he said.

"If we can match Port in the forwards our backs will finish it off. I'm fine with it and really keen to take the Pirates on."

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