Big scare for Crushers
ON paper the three favoured first grade sides in the weekend’s round of Mid North Coast Rugby should have romped home.
But the script did not go according to plan and while they still won, all stops had to be pulled out to get the right result for all concerned.
The biggest scare was suffered by Coffs Crushers who should have picked up the points without much difficulty from their visit to South West Rocks.
Instead they were forced to dig in for the duration and only escaped with a 10-5 victory in what almost became the upset of the season.
“Somebody forget to tell the Gaolers they were going to be easy,” zone administrator Des Hoy commented.
“It was a bit of a surprise that Crushers just fell across the line with a try to captain-coach Craig Landrigan and young Dave Angus again showed how handy he is with the conversion and a penalty.”
Matt Ironfield landed the solo try for the home side.
Hastings Valley were expected to toy with Coffs Breakers but the visitors hit their straps under incoming captain-coach Dylan Hurley and drove the Vikings right down to the wire, just missing out 28-24.
Meanwhile, unbeaten competition favourites Port Macquarie Pirates eventually nailed plucky Kempsey Cannonballs 17-0 and were far from impressive as they fell across the line.
“It was only 5-0 at half-time with a try to Tom Elmes and they really looked to be under the pump,” Hoy said.
“Elmes went on later to score another two tries to give him the hat-trick but it seems Pirates had an off day like all the favourites and they’ll need to find form again before the semis.”