Penalty count stuns coach

By GREG WHITE

THERE'S a mystery about first grade football that puzzles Coffs Rugby coach Paul Butcher.

When the team plays at home, rarely are there more than ten or so penalties.

But when they hit the road the penalties can be as many as three times that amount.

"The answer would be welcome," Butcher said after 31 penalties infested the contest with Kempsey Cannonballs at Verge Street Stadium last Saturday.

"Do we just see it as coincidence or do we factor it in as part of our game plan?"

Such a penalty count would normally be manna from heaven for an outfit like the Cannonballs who thrive on stoppages and broken play but on this occasion, Coffs toughed it out to win 20-13.

"Fortunately most of the penalties were up our end when all it became was a handover in possession instead of a scoring opportunity," Butcher noted.

"But, fair bloody dinkum, I ask you?"

Despite everything Butcher was ecstatic with his team's performance.

"Kev Simpson moved to five-eighth and broke the line at will," he said.

"Often that's as far as the ball went for we found when it went wider, there was a breakdown.

"The best statistic was only five knock ons in the entire match."

Still, the picture is not all rosy with lineout specialist Connor Barrett replaced after five minutes with a knee injury and his immediate future under a cloud.

"We already knew he'd be missing overseas for a fortnight but anything longer now depends on the medical report," the coach said.

Coffs also picked up the Alan McCabe Trophy from the day's play with McCabe making his first visit to the ground since being injured in a grand final on some years back.

COFFSRUGBY 20 (M Hoy, K Simpson, K Flannagan tries; A Garland 1 con, 1 pen) d KEMPSEY 13 (J Fuller try; Kale Waters 1 con, 2 pen).

Scrums: Coffs Harbour 15-8

Penalties: Kempsey 21-10

Lineups: Coffs Harbour 13, Kempsey 6

Best Players: Chris Webb, Kevin Simpson, Mark Hine (Coffs Rugby) - Scott Edwards, Jared Fuller, Kale Walters (Kempsey)Penalty count

stuns coach

By GREG WHITE

THERE'S a mystery about first grade football that puzzles Coffs Rugby coach Paul Butcher.

When the team plays at home, rarely are there more than ten or so penalties.

But when they hit the road the penalties can be as many as three times that amount.

"The answer would be welcome," Butcher said after 31 penalties infested the contest with Kempsey Cannonballs at Verge Street Stadium last Saturday.

"Do we just see it as coincidence or do we factor it in as part of our game plan?"

Such a penalty count would normally be manna from heaven for an outfit like the Cannonballs who thrive on stoppages and broken play but on this occasion, Coffs toughed it out to win 20-13.

"Fortunately most of the penalties were up our end when all it became was a handover in possession instead of a scoring opportunity," Butcher noted.

"But, fair bloody dinkum, I ask you?"

Despite everything Butcher was ecstatic with his team's performance.

"Kev Simpson moved to five-eighth and broke the line at will," he said.

"Often that's as far as the ball went for we found when it went wider, there was a breakdown.

"The best statistic was only five knock ons in the entire match."

Still, the picture is not all rosy with lineout specialist Connor Barrett replaced after five minutes with a knee injury and his immediate future under a cloud.

"We already knew he'd be missing overseas for a fortnight but anything longer now depends on the medical report," the coach said.

Coffs also picked up the Alan McCabe Trophy from the day's play with McCabe making his first visit to the ground since being injured in a grand final on some years back.

COFFSRUGBY 20 (M Hoy, K Simpson, K Flannagan tries; A Garland 1 con, 1 pen) d KEMPSEY 13 (J Fuller try; Kale Waters 1 con, 2 pen).

Scrums: Coffs Harbour 15-8

Penalties: Kempsey 21-10

Lineups: Coffs Harbour 13, Kempsey 6

Best Players: Chris Webb, Kevin Simpson, Mark Hine (Coffs Rugby) - Scott Edwards, Jared Fuller, Kale Walters (Kempsey)



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