Pirates give Crushers a hiding
COFFS Rugby Crushers were given a large dose of reality on Saturday when they found themselves on the receiving end of a good old fashioned hiding from Port Pirates.
The Pirates slick backline ran rings around the Crushers bigger bodied forward pack in the final 20 minutes to run out comfortable 44-8 victors and stamp themselves as the premiership favourites for 2010.
In a battle between MNC Rugby’s two undefeated teams, honours were even for a large portion of the contest.
That was before a combination of tiring legs and the absence of half a dozen regular first-grade players saw the Pirates score 22 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes.
The Crushers’ forward pack was clearly superior as expected but when the Pirates had the ball the backline, led by captain-coach Jordan Macey, led the way.
With a pair of imports in the centres the Pirates simply proved too strong.
A positive for the Crushers was the way the group of under-19 players handled themselves after making the step up into first grade.