The massive Coffs Rugby forward pack dominated Kempsey in today's win at Crescent Head.
The massive Coffs Rugby forward pack dominated Kempsey in today's win at Crescent Head.

Coffs dampen Cannonballs powder

MUD and mist across Ian Walton Memorial Field in Crescent Head didn't slow the Coffs Rugby juggernaut today.

The northern visitors went on a 41-5 scoring spree against Kempsey Cannonballs to take another giant stride toward capturing the minor premiership.

Coffs captain Paul Butcher was surprised how well both sides handled the ball in the conditions.

"Sure it was muddy but the rain stayed away and it wasn't as if we were bogging down all the time," he said.

"It probably helped our scrum to dominate and on this occasion we also took a lot of possession from the line-outs which made a huge difference to the performance."

A hefty penalty count suffered by both teams slowed the game somewhat but when Coffs saw an opportunity to attack, there was no holding back.

Coffs registered three tries to nil in the first half but the flood gates opened wide after changing ends.

"Our backs were brilliant and broke the line again and again," Butcher said.

"It meant we blew quite a few chances but that's what happens when things start going your way."

Fingers are now crossed for a dry week so that Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park provides a firm surface for next Saturday's visit by Port Macquarie Pirates in what could be the dress rehearsal for the grand final.

Southern Cross University sat out today but have a vital appointment next weekend against the Cannonballs when it's their turn to visit Crescent Head.



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