Hoy injury a real blow for Coffs



COFFS Harbour's Mid North Coast rugby minor premiership celebrations were dampened by a knee injury to prop Matt Hoy.

Hoy was injured in the opening five minutes of the 21-11 victory over Port Pirates which left them 15 points clear on the first grade points table after the completion of the competition proper.

The NSW Country representative is not expected to be fit until the grand final and his injury will be assessed this week to determine the full extent of the damage.

In what was a good game and the best hitout the side could hope for leading into the semi final, Coffs pulled up another win leaving them undefeated during the preliminary rounds.

All that has been done now doesn't count as Coffs prepare to take on Hastings in the major semi-final.

Saturday's game was a low scoring affair with plenty of stoppages during the game. Coffs still completely dominated the front row through the scrums and won many of Port's lineouts.

Pirates played the perfect game in the backs.

While they had no attacking flare their defence was right in our face as they sprinted off the line everytime our backs looked like running the ball.

At times they were pushing the limits of being offside but they did well to crush many of Coffs attack raids.

Best players for Coffs were Matt Kent at number eight and fly half Hugh Campbell who was the players' players.

Coffs rugby coach, Paul Butcher said his side did little wrong in their effort and execution.

"It was just that Port played very well on the day in their defensive effort," Butcher said.

"The big thing about the day was that all three grades are now minor premiers which is a great effort by the club. "It means nothing now though and the next thing we want is all three teams with the major premiership on Grand final day."

COFFSHARBOUR21 (Miller 1, Brendan Hoy tries; Hugh Campbell 2 conv, 2 pen) d PORT PIRATES11.



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