Roosters reign on wet track

CORONATION Park was in such a poor state after constant rain that Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig was not sure that yesterday’s match against Macksville should have been played.

However he was glad that it went ahead with the Roosters claiming the local derby 26-6, a result that Stig admitted he wasn’t entirely confident of attaining prior to kick-off.

“We thought we had them on a dry track but we thought the mud would bring Macksville back into it and it did for a while,” Stig said.

“We were going to call the game off but we’re really happy that we’ve played it now and can go to the break 3-0.”

The Roosters completed the majority of their sets in the first half and were able to take advantage of Macksville errors to lead 14-6 at the break.

“At half-time we spoke about being eight points in front and that the next 15 minutes was their only chance,” Stig said.

“We kept them down there (in Macksville’s half) for 15 or 20 minutes in the second half and that was it.”

The conditions made it difficult for either side to get past the third tackle in the final 20 minutes but Stig admits that the good start to the season the club had 12 months ago is something to be learned from.


NAMBUCCA HEADS ROOSTERS 26 (Kyle Cohen 2, Jeremy Burrows, Taylor Hamilton-Giggins, Jayden Austen tries; Mick Ronan 3 goals) def MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES 6 (Craig Smith try; David Pickvance goal).

Scrums: Macksville 14-10.

Penalties: Nambucca Heads 11-9.

Errors: Macksville 18, Nambucca Heads 15.

RESERVE GRADE: Nambucca Heads def Macksville 28-12.

UNDER-18s: Macksville def Nambucca Heads 15-10.