Kevin Simpson tries to break free of the Forster defence.
Kevin Simpson tries to break free of the Forster defence.

No-win situation

By PAUL CHAMBERS

THIS was a no win situation for Coffs Rugby.

Everyone, including themselves, expected a big victory.

But the danger of going into a game like this expecting to win is that you run the risk of lowering your standards and under performing.

This is especially the case when the standard of your opponents is weak, to put it nicely.

To win by 65 points, scoring 11 tries to nil and keep your opponents scoreless is, under the circumstances, a great win.

And yet the players and coach know that it could have been so much better.

The game was a stop-start affair with minor infringements, niggling injuries or errors which broke the flow of the match throughout the 80 minutes.

The Coffs players were constantly frustrated as the stoppages and breaks in play really hindered their continuity which meant that they never really established the total domination that their possession and territorial advantage should have allowed.

When they did string some consecutive phases together they were their usual devastating selves, but at times they lost their way and turned over the ball through scrappy play.

The opposition had a lot to do with this, not through any good play of their own though.

Time and again Forster players were in the way of the ball on the ground or on their feet and, whether this was accidental through a lack of skill and knowledge or deliberate, it really hampered Coffs' attempts at keeping the ball alive.

The result was never in doubt and even with a few key players missing it was always a case of how big the winning margin would be, but the win lacked the usual spark and panache of previous weeks.

The psychological expectation of winning seemed to affect the players and, with the added help of Forster's inadequacies, they all seemed a yard or so off the pace physically and slow in thought as well.

Coach Paul Butcher was frank and honest in his assessment of the game.

"We were very scrappy today, and this was not the best hit out for us," he said.

"We played it by the book in the game at Dorrigo last week and we were totally different today.

"We showed that when you play against such an unstructured opposition you can lose your own structure and then you find yourself playing at their level."

Next week the team has to step up to a completely different level when they take on Port Pirates away from home, but this does not worry Butcher.

"Today we just turned up and played a game of rugby, last week's performance was more aimed at the other teams and we will have no problems getting up to that sort of level at the Pirates next week." he added.

COFFS RUGBY 65 (Mat Hoy 2, Brendan Hoy, Kevin Simpson, Angus Garland, Cameron Wainwright, Chris Webb, Paul Gooley, Aaron Miller, Alex Hulme and Mat Kent tries; Garland 5 goals) d FORSTER 0.



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