Heartbreak: All three Coffs rugby grand final victory attempts end in failure
LOSING the all-important battle in the forwards paved the way for a dirty day for Coffs Rugby on Saturday as all three local teams walked away empty-handed from this year's MNC Rugby grand finals.
Chasing an unprecedented fifth consecutive title, Coffs Harbour knew that the strength of their Port Macquarie opponents was in the forward pack but no-one could have predicted the trail of destruction that the Pirates' big men created.
Winning the match six tries to nil was impressive enough from the Port Pirates as they marched to a convincing 39-6 victory but when you consider that five of the tries were scored by forwards, the picture becomes a little bit clearer.
Coffs' reserve grade team were trailing by only a point late in their match with South West Rocks before a sideline try broke their hearts to the tune of 17-9 while the young under-18s team were outmuscled in nearly every department by a very impressive Hastings Valley who strolled away to a convincing 36-0 victory.
MNC RUGBY GRAND FINALS
PORT PIRATES 39 (Geoff Lee 2, Mitch Brown, Luke Coleman, Tom Valentine, J Arthur tries; Josh Mann 3 conv, 1 pen) def COFFS RUGBY 6 (Angus Garland 2 pens).
Reserve Grade: South West Rocks def Coffs Rugby 17-9.
Under 18s: Hastings Valley def Coffs Rugby 36-0.