Saints keep on marching for wins
SAWTELL continued their unbeaten run this season with a 40-point victory over North Coffs at the Coffs Coast Leisure Park.
The Kangaroos, looking to overturn an unfavourable recent head-to-head record, started well and held sway against their highly fancied opponents.
In an even first-half, North Coffs squandered some priceless opportunities leading into the main break despite the work ethic of Josh Drum and Brad Giri in the middle.
The reigning premiers were to make North Coffs pay again in the second half, much like in their previous encounter.
Ben Hooke again had a heavy influence on the scoreboard, kicking six goals.
It was a case of young talent time in the middle third of the ground. Simon Taylor and Jack Gillingham had strong games, working over their direct opponents as the match progressed.
Sawtell dominated across half-back despite some impact from Brendan Norton and the Kangaroos’ main target, Ryan Turner. Daniel Pritchard is the main injury concern for the Saints and is likely to miss about a month after sustaining an arm injury.
The win all but assures the Saints of the minor premiership while North Coffs drops out of the top two ahead of their all-important clash against Port Macquarie next week.