With defensive patterns like this no wonder Coffs coach Colin Speed was so pleased with his troops.
With defensive patterns like this no wonder Coffs coach Colin Speed was so pleased with his troops. Leigh Jensen

The day it rained points in Group 2 rugby league

THREE first half tries to burly winger Scott Street was the party starter for Coffs Harbour's 54-0 thrashing of Woolgoolga at the Sports Reserve.

The Comets scored four tries in the half for a 20-0 lead at the break but surprisingly, the contest was so even that it needed a glance at the scoreboard to see which team was in front.

Those four-pointers came off momentary lapses in concentration and were pretty much the only mistakes the Seahorses made for 50 per cent of the match.

But as far as the second stanza went, the less said the better as the visitors opened up.

"We were so competitive early and completed our sets well," Woolgoolga coaching assistant Adam Wellington remarked.

"Late in the game we couldn't control the ball much at all, which has been the story for a while.

"Forget about that second half as we ran into a far better side on the day."

Every match has something unique and in the case of this one, the failure by both teams to kick on the end of sets stuck out like the proverbial.

Coffs did it four times and Woopi on an extraordinary six occasions, leading to tame hand-overs on the last.

With the finals looming, it almost seemed everybody was trying too hard not to make mistakes and forgot to finish off the allocation of six tackles in the usual fashion.

"I hear what you're saying and it's a good point," Coffs coach Colin Speed said.

"It was a fluke, it wasn't planned and another thing that we still have to do a bit of work on.

"We need a good finish and field position on the end of our sets, that's understandable."

Speed was "very proud" of the defensive effort but saw the late blow-out as unavoidable under the circumstances.

"There have been a few stories going about that we are 'soft' and the boys take it personally," he added.

"We came out and responded to that and finished with a good result.

"Nobody crossed our line today which is the way I like it at this time of year."

Meanwhile, the ravages of a tough season are showing with blow-out scores in all matches.

Statistically, winning sides accumulated 322 points for the afternoon while the runners-up only managed to run in a total of 50.

If alarm bells are not already ringing, they should be.


COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 54 (Scott Street 3, Nathan Curry 2, Alex Hull, Andrew Smith, Julien Rodriguez, Abel Lefaoseu, Michael Meadows, Dennis Gordon tries; Nathan Curry 5 goals) def WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 0

Scrums: Woolgoolga 9-8

Penalties: Woolgoolga 8-6

Errors: Woolgoolga 11, Coffs Harbour 7

Grafton Ghosts d Orara Valley Axemen 134-8

South Grafton Rebels d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies 72-22

Sawtell Panthers d Macksville Sea Eagles 62-20


Reserve grade

Coffs Harbour d Woolgoolga 38-12

Orara Valley v Grafton unavailable

South Grafton d Bellingen 24-18

Sawtell d Macksville 74-10


Under 18s

Coffs Harbour d Woolgoolga 18-12

Grafton bye

South Grafton d Bellingen 30-12

Macksville d Sawtell 38-18

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