Crushing victory

NORTH Coast Under-18s fired a warning shot to all other Divisions remaining in the NSW Country knock-out championships with a 54-8 annihilation of Central Coast at Forster on Saturday.

With Nambucca pair Greg Nichols and Jack Lhuede playing crucial roles. North Coast destroyed Central, piling on 36 unanswered points in the second half.

The victory sets up an intriguing round two clash with Northern Rivers, who were equally impressive in dispatching Newcastle over the weekend.

North Coast Under-18s coach Geoff Bushby was delighted with the way his side stuck to their game plan.

"I was very pleased with how they brought it home," Bushby said.

"Our game plan was to try to identify a few weaknesses in the first half and take advantage of them in the second half.

"We noticed they were a bit susceptible on the left and attacked them there in the second half."

It proved a master stroke as Lhuede and Gimbisi winger Ricky Morris ran riot down the left flank after the break, with Morris bagging a second-half hat trick.

"The second half was a bit of a procession, everything clicked for us," Bushby said.

Bushby was always confident when his side went to sheds at half time leading 18-8 despite despite running into a strong wind in the first half.

"I didn't think they used the wind as well as they could have in the first half," Bushby said.

"As soon as we scored a couple of tries in the second half they lost all their direction.

"What impressed me most was that we played as if we were a club side.

"Everyone clicked together."

Bushby said Morris was a stand out, along with Smithtown prop Aidan Tolman and Taree halfback Jarred Hogan.

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