Nambucca Roosters win try-fest at Woolgoolga
THOSE LAST four minutes leading up to half time proved decisive as Nambucca Heads downed Woolgoolga 48-34 in a high-scoring affair at the Sports Reserve.
After the lead changed hands on eight occasions, the Roosters registered back-to-back tries as the break loomed up, and then added another in the last few seconds to grab some breathing space.
While the Seahorses managed to get within a converted try of locking the game up again midway through the second stanza, playing catch-up proved too big an ask.
It made it four losses from four starts for the home side but coach Greg Shuttleworth remains unperturbed.
"Basically, we have to stick at it and keep working away," he said.
"Unfortunately there have been some tendencies since day one that we're finding it hard to get rid of and that hasn't been helped by more changes in the side again today.
"We lost but are still better than at the start and things will change when the team stabilises into the top line-up.
"No two points for us here again but we're heading in the right direction."
The event saw 15 tries registered but none came from theatrics.
All were short range and started from within the defending side's quarter.
Without exception they came about when the defence became lazy or lost concentration.
The platform for Nambucca was built by the almost perfect completion rate which had co-coach Bert Gray feeling upbeat.
"It's taking time as we have a new combination in the halves," he said.
"Young Robert (Fernando) is still building his confidence and we're grooming him into the kicking role which helps give us something positive at the end of a set."
The other plus was knowing where to cause the most damage for the Seahorses and star second-rower Dion Marr was again the best in the role of charging at the weak points.
Utterly fearless, the chunky forward ended the match with his head wrapped in bandages after spending every second on the field taking the game up to his opponents.
Woolgoolga's top player was Clark Webb who may even have been rated the best player in the match in a beaten side.
NAMBUCCA HEADS ROOSTERS 48 (Leroy Buchanan 2, Chris Carr 2, Dion Marr, Paul Donovan, Bert Gray, Jarod Saul, Jake Hoban tries; Alex Hull 6 goals) def WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 34 (Leslie Poulava, Rick McGrady, Fred Walker, Nathan Hardy, Clark Webb, Daniel Pledger tries; Wil Fernando 5 goals)
Penalties: Nambucca Heads 15-11
Errors: Woolgoolga 10, Nambucca Heads 7
At Woolgoolga Sports Reserve, Woolgoolga
Referee: Jason Townley
Reserve grade: Woolgoolga d Nambucca Heads 26-20
Under 18s: Nambucca Heads d Woolgoolga 54-22