An improved effort today still wasn't enough to get Marlins home against Kempsey Cannonballs.
An improved effort today still wasn't enough to get Marlins home against Kempsey Cannonballs. Leigh Jensen

SCU Marlins down narrowly despite improved showing

PERFORMANCES were slightly better but Southern Cross University still went down 18-13 in today's visit to play Kempsey Cannonballs.

After last week's drubbing by Coffs Snappers, coach Dave Nicol had one joy to report.

"At least we managed to put some points on the board this week," he said.

"We scored so that helps to improve the performance.

"It was a much better effort by the backs but something is missing in our forwards.

"Kempsey were hungrier to win and it showed."

Marlins made a classy start but concentration began to waver.

The Cannonballs began building momentum but their execution let them down and they bombed and unusual number of scoring opportunities.

"The Kempsey forwards went better in the second half, whereas we got flatter and flatter," Nicol revealed.

"Our scrums were better more times than not but that's not enough.

"Somehow I have to light the fire again."

Centre Ollie Sansom was the pick of the bunch while Josh Rayner and Dave Angus combined for a quality try.

Snappers had the day off and return to Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park next weekend to host Port Pirates, while SCU will have a bye.

 

First grade

Kempsey Cannonballs d Southern Cross University Marlins 18-13

Hastings Valley Vikings d Port Macquarie Pirates 24-17

Coffs Harbour Snappers bye

 

Second grade

Kempsey d SCU 29-14

Port d Hastings 17-8

Bowraville Goannas d Coffs Snappers 34-22

 

Under 18s

Kempsey and SCU deferred

 

Under 16s

SCU d Kempsey 70-5

Port d Hastings 38-17



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