Marlins a force to be reckoned with
THE Marlins are officially contenders for the MNC Rugby title.
The Southern Cross University team claimed a dour local derby to notch its fourth win on the trot and jump up into second position on the MNC Rugby table.
In front of a very healthy crowd at University Oval, the Marlins overcame a slow start to take victory 14-12.
Marlins coach Brett Davis admitted the match wasn’t a great spectacle but he said he half expected that to be the case.
“Local derbies are never pretty ones to watch,” Davis said.
“I’m pretty sure Coffs would’ve walked away from the game thinking they’ve got some things to work on and I know we’ve still got some things to work on.”
The Snappers came out of the blocks well and led 12-0 but a converted Aaron Wall try shortly before half time breathed new life into the Marlins.
It wasn’t long after the resumption that Wall crossed again to give the Marlins the lead.
That was the last of the scoring and from that point on it was strong defence from both teams.
SCU Marlins bt Coffs Snappers 14-12
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