New SCU coach leads Marlins to first win of rugby season
IT WAS a red letter day for Southern Cross University rugby coach Brett Davis when the team headed to Crescent Head on Saturday.
In his second match in charge of the Marlins, Davis broke through for his maiden win when the Marlins upset Kempsey Cannonballs 26-15.
On the strength of two huge early season wins the home side was expected to be too strong but the young Marlins came through with flying colours to create a breakthrough victory.
Kempsey's only win of the day came in reserve grade against a Marlins side short on numbers.
SCU reserves coach Shaun Rayner still found plenty of positives with the club's production line of young rugby stars a cause for celebration.
"Massive appreciation to the junior coaches over the past couple of years, especially Tak (Wayne Taeketa) and Angus (Smyth)," he said.
"Another junior to make his debut in seniors was Jacob Blay playing for reserve grade and he had a ripper of a game.
"This is what the club is made of and I am so proud to see so many of our junior Marlins coming through and making an impact in senior rugby."
Coffs Harbour had a first grade bye but hosted three lower grade matches at TG Jung Quarries Rugby Park.
It was a landmark occasion in reserve grade for Bowraville with the Goannas beating Snappers by a try to record the first win of 2016.
Telstra MNC Rugby
Hastings Valley d Grafton 54-14
Southern Cross University d Kempsey 26-15
Port Macquarie d Wauchope 65-8
Coffs Harbour bye
Grafton d South West Rocks 34-15
Kempsey d Southern Cross University 12-7
Port Macquarie d Wauchope 45-7
Bowraville d Coffs Harbour 19-14
Hastings Valley bye
Southern Cross University d Kempsey 55-5
Port Macquarie d Hastings Valley 26-7
Coffs Harbour d Bowraville 22-10
Southern Cross University d Kempsey 31-29
Hastings Valley d Port Macquarie 12-10
Coffs Harbour bye
Southern Cross University d Kempsey 73-5
Dorrigo d Coffs Harbour 22-7
Port Macquarie bye