Maroons deliver Origin-like drubbing to Blues in Coffs visit
EX-GRAFTON Ghost Mitch Lollback has only been cheered twice by Coffs Harbour league supporters and both shouts came while the flying fullback was wearing the maroon livery of the northern state.
Lollback scored the opening try of each half as Queensland Rangers emulated their Origin team and thumped a NSW Ron Massey Cup selection 32-0 at Geoff King Motors Oval.
Now playing with Wynnum Manly Redland City, the holder of the Group 2 try-scoring record was pleased to finally be in the good books of the locals.
"That's the first time I've got a cheer from the Coffs crowd as they're not normally supportive when we come down from Grafton," he laughed.
Using the full width of the park, Rangers stamped their attacking class early.
Starting on the wing but switching to his preferred fullback position after an early injury to run-on custodian Jordan Tighe, Lollback stepped around one defender to open the scoring after a bullocking run from centre Samsen O'Neill who proved even harder for NSW to control, the longer the game lasted.
"The game plan was to send the big boys up the middle first and then spread the ball wide," Lollback revealed.
"We certainly caught them on the edges and going to the break with that lead and knowing we'd have that breeze at our back in the second half made all the boys extra confident."
To their peril, NSW ignored the first half wind advantage and fell into all the usual traps for young (and old) players.
Poor handling and too many temper tantrums when the business of playing safety-first footy should have been the first priority caused their confidence to ebb away.
Queensland's defence was even better in the second session and it frustrated their opponents who threw lots of silly passes, two of which led to intercept tries.
"Our forwards were told to get out and knock the other blokes over and that set us on the right path," Lollback added.
"It's been great to come back to Coffs and pick up a win."
QUEENSLAND RANGERS 32 (Samsen O'Neill 3, Mitch Lollback 2, Jardine Bobongie tries; Phil Ramage 4 goals) def NSW Ron Massey Cup 0