BIG HIT: New Sawtell prop Logan Wright puts a big hit on Comets back-rower Darren Blackett at Advocate Park yesterday.
BIG HIT: New Sawtell prop Logan Wright puts a big hit on Comets back-rower Darren Blackett at Advocate Park yesterday. Leigh Jensen

Roosters smash Mustangs

THE Roosters are crowing after Nambucca Heads recorded a victory in the opening round of the season for only the second time in nine years.

The crowd at Coronation Park was rocking on Saturday night as the Roosters ran over a disappointing Macleay Valley 42-0.

“We played really well, in fact the boys played above themselves I think,” new Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stigg said after the game.

One of those players who excelled was Tyrone Usher-Kinnear who scored two tries from right centre which is a good distance away from the back row where Usher-Kinnear usually plies his trade.

“We’ve got plenty of back rowers at the club now but he played really well in his position,” Stigg said.

The backline was given plenty of room though thanks to the solid platform laid by props James Livock and Jeremy Burrows.

“Jeremy was probably the pick of the two,” the coach said.

“They gave us a lot of go forward as did the other guys. We’ve got a really good pack at the moment.”

One man who can advantage from being given room to move is Garry Jarrett and the x-factor that he gave the Roosters during the 40 minutes that he was on the field gave the tri-colours a dangerous look in attack.

The work ethic was there among the newly formed squad that has seen plenty of recruits come to the club in the off-season and maybe, just maybe, Coronation Park will become a ground no-one wants to visit just like it was back in the ’90s when the club played in six grand finals in eight years.

Stigg isn’t getting too excited just yet though. The win was an impressive one but he’d like to see how his team performs against stronger opposition.

“Kempsey I imagine aren’t going to be that strong, I think they’ll struggle this year from what I saw.”

If Stigg was looking for a true test of his team’s standing early in the season then he gets one next week when the Roosters travel to Rex Hardaker Oval to face the reigning premiers.

“We’ve got Sawtell next week so then we’ll know a bit more about where we’re at,” he added. “No matter what the result is next week they (Sawtell) are going to know that they’re in a football game.”



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