Axemen too sharp for the Mustangs!

IT doesn't get much more clinical than Orara Valley's 88-6 annihilation of Macleay Valley at Coramba Coliseum yesterday.

The Axemen were on the scoreboard within the first 80 seconds and should have been across twice more within five minutes, had the last pass not gone to ground.

And that was just about the sum total of their error count until the final minutes of the game.

“It's hard not to fall into the trap of taking your foot off the throat, so I'm very pleased they didn't lapse, except for those couple of minutes later in the day,” coach Darryl Fisher said.

“Everybody was worried how rusty we'd be after such a long lay-off but we did well, it was a great result.”

The game was up for the Mustangs - even before it started - when six first graders didn't turn up at the ground.

“Must have got lost, somewhere,” was the enigmatic comment from captain-coach Grant Schubert.

“It's been tough but we'll go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with to get back into contention.”

Orara streaked ahead to 40-0 by the break and their only major blemish came when Ardyn Foy grabbed a ball from the kick-off in an off-side position, and the penalty allowed Macleay to create space and scramble across the line.

“It woke us up again and we got back down to business quickly,” Fisher said.

“Moving Clark Webb to hooker was a big positive and I think Dan Tempest made the pivot's job his own, today.

“Tempo is very intense with his football and seeing him take hold of it with both hands was great.”

Schubert hinted major changes are in the offing, including his possible switch to five-eighth to create direction and stability.

“Something radical is needed like just standing there to do catch-and-pass,” he said.

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