WINNING coach Grant Coleman reckons solid defence was the main ingredient to Macksville downing Woolgoolga 22-16 at Allen Gillett Oval yesterday and will be the key to long-term success.
That will shock fans of the ‘Mighty’s’ who have grown accustomed to mad scoring rushes to sweep the side to victory.
Since taking the helm the talented lock forward has quickly put his stamp on the side and it has them just off the peak position on the premiership table.
But Coleman promises the attacking days will return ... it’s just that a few basics have to be straightened out first.
“The win was ugly and we dropped a lot of ball but just about every side is going through that at the moment,” he said.
“I’m not panicking about our attack, it will come eventually but other things have got to be taken care of first.”
The Sea Eagles were the latest side to feel the wrath of Matt Toshack’s kicking game and were forced to earn field position the hard way.
“We got caught down our end a lot but I’m pleased the boys were so quick off the line,” Coleman said.
“Woopi threw their big boppers at us over and over and I was pretty proud how everybody got stuck in.
“Luke Cartwright had a massive game in attack and he kept knocking over everybody who came near him ... he’s a fair dinkum machine that bloke.”
Discipline was a minor problem with new five-eighth Edgar Cowell sin-binned for backchat by referee Vasco Baston and as a crackdown on speaking out of turn was foreshadowed, the coach has no real complaint.
“Dunno how that came about as Edgar has a stammer,” Coleman laughed.
“Given time I think he’ll combine well with Neville Donovan and we’ll do more work on it at training, get a few angles right and have the right blokes running off them.”
David Pickvance starred in one of his final appearances before heading off to the United States for a month and his impending nuptials.
Apart from lock Toshack, Woolgoolga props Adam Clarke and Harinda Husna had huge games in the losing side.