Five tries to Perham as Comets put cleaners through Magpies
FIVE tries to centre Shayde Perham was the main talking point after Coffs Harbour outclassed Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 80-2 in a match that had more interesting facets than the score would suggest.
The Comets had total control from the first touchdown in the third minute and seemed destined to disappoint those who'd taken first scorer doubles by holding the Magpies pointless for the duration.
However, Luke Beaumont was awarded a penalty and a sitting shot at the sticks with four minutes left on the clock and calmly piloted the ball through to earn a round of applause from both sides.
And whoever had his number on a 'laws of the game' card.
Naturally, the near perfect scoring ratio pleased winning coach Colin Speed who felt most of the pre-match goals had been accomplished.
"The target was to come out focussed on what we wanted to achieve and to ignore what happened with the other team and that's probably the most pleasing aspect of today," he said.
"Another thing to come out of this was when we got out to a good lead, we stuck to a structure rather than going away from the game plan.
"When you get in front like that there's temptation to push a pass you really shouldn't - like we did and came unstuck in the last few games.
"Instead we got right through to our kicks which is what you expect to happen as we reach this stage of the year."
There was a tense moment when Bellingen prop Callan Tapine went down in a tackle and had to be stretchered from the field.
The Coffs players will be pleased to know their popular former team mate suffered no broken bones as was originally feared.
"Slipped in a wet patch and twisted the ankle but no real harm done," Tapine said.
Bellinger skipper and stand-in coach Luke Rose wished the outcome had been different but said there was still great pride in the iconic black and white jumper.
"We have a fair few injuries and it got away from us," he said.
"All we can do is keep turning up and eventually the rewards will come."
Group 2 CRL round six
Coffs Harbour d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 80-2
Orara Valley d Sawtell 36-32
Macksville d Grafton 24-22
South Grafton d Nambucca Heads 58-28
Points: Rebels 12, Comets 10, Ghosts 8, Panthers 6, Sea Eagles 5, Axemen 4, Roosters 3, Magpies 0
Sawtell d Orara Valley 36-18
Grafton d Macksville 34-24
Coffs Harbour d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 30-6
South Grafton d Nambucca Heads 50-18
Points: Ghosts 12, Panthers 10, Rebels 8, Comets 8, Axemen 6, Roosters 4, Sea Eagles 0, Magpies 0
Grafton d Macksville 24-18
Coffs Harbour d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 62-6
South Grafton d Nambucca Heads 28-26
Points: Comets 12, Panthers 10, Rebels 8, Sea Eagles 6, Ghosts 6, Roosters 4, Magpies 2