Mustangs just hang on as Woolgoolga rattle home
PREMIERS Macleay Valley just outlasted a spirited comeback from Woolgoolga to win 40-36 at Verge Street Stadium today.
Co-coach Danny Holmes said the Mustangs went off the boil at critical stages to almost throw the two points away.
"We keep talking about taking ownership of the game," he said.
"Coming back after half time we went back into our shells and almost surrendered ownership.
"Lucky we got going again and scored a couple of beautiful tries but we then lost it again.
"Woolgoolga finished hard and we managed to hang on."
Mercurial halfback Anthony Cowan was in the thick of the action but big prop Steve "Rocky" Walker was the star of the show and rewarded with a pair of four-pointers.
"Probably I can put it down to an interrupted preparation with Anzac Day coming on Thursday which is a training day," Holmes said.
"However we can play like a house on fire one minute and then go off the boil the next.
"We have to learn to be consistent."
MACLEAY VALLEY MUSTANGS 40 (Kurtley Kelly 2, Steve Walker 2, Anthony Cowan, Barry Vale, David Gardiner tries; Dennis Richie 6 goals) def WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 36 (Blake Seymour 3, Ryan O'Grady, Rick McGrady, Brad Collison tries; Wil Fernando 6 goals)
At Verge Street Stadium, West Kempsey
Referee: Nathan Grace
Reserve grade: Macleay Valley d Woolgoolga 34-28
Under-18s: Macleay Valley won on forfeit