Eagles keep Nambucca Heads down

KEEPING emotions under control paved the way for Macksville’s big form turnaround in Saturday’s local derby with Nambucca Heads.

Six days after constantly raising the ire of the referee in their loss to Coffs Comets, the Eagles were on their best behaviour and dashed away in the second half to win 32-16.

“We had a no-nonsense talk at training about the need to clean up our discipline and it worked a treat,” coach Grant Coleman remarked.

“The game plan is always to do the basics well and that includes not blowing up.”

Not that a hat trick of tries to rookie fullback Michael Tyerman did any harm either.

“Yeah, the kid gets better each week and knows where to place himself to get the best result,” the coach said happily.

“He played a full game in 18s and backed up again so we can qualify him for both grades and seems to be handling it okay.”

The Roosters stuck like glue to the home side in the first half and after taking a long time to shrug off the challenge, Macksville could only boast a skinny two-point advantage by intermission.

“Mate, the Heads are a good side and gave it to us early as you’d expect whenever these two sides meet,” Coleman said.

“We kept our heads on and didn’t fall out the window ... I told them at the break to get stuck in together, keep the mistake rate down and things would turn our way.

“Once those combinations started to click, things began happening and the tries came.

“I thought Edgar Cowell was great and his work with Nev (Donovan) was really, really good.”

Played one day before the other matches so players from both sides could mingle at yesterday’s Bowraville Cup race meeting, Coleman said the change in recent fortunes for his side had everybody on a high.

“I’ll buy them all a beer for the win and another one if Bowra boy Ray Spokes rides the winner of the Cup,” he laughed.

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