League: Sawtell Panthers Vs Macksville Sea Eagles at Rex Hardaker Oval. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate
League: Sawtell Panthers Vs Macksville Sea Eagles at Rex Hardaker Oval. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen/Coffs Coast Advocat

Sea Eagles fly high against scrappy Sawtell

THE charmed run of Macksville continues as the Sea Eagles fought back to beat Sawtell 20-18 at Rex Hardaker Oval.

Two late tries gifted the visitors' victory in a match where either side should have scored twice as many points.

Diving on a well placed Lucas Grace grubber kick, utility Lance Robertson scored the match winning points while breaking the hearts of Sawtell players and fans alike.

"We really gutsed it out today and worked hard for the win," Sea Eagles captain coach Troy Grace said.

"We weren't on for most of the match but managed to find enough when it mattered most.

"It was pretty scrappy at times but we knew we just had to dig in and the boys got their in the end."

Last week's bye seemed to affect both sides as ball handling was at an all time low with multiple errors throughout the match.

Sawtell's Eddie Harrison admitted his side has work to do in that department.

"We completed less than 50% of our sets and when that's the case you can't expect to come out on top," Harrison said.

"In saying that it wasn't all bad and for me there were a lot of positives to take away.

"The long break between matches for us made it difficult to develop consistency however that should come as we string some games together."

The match appeared to be all Macksville in the first half however two four pointers just before half time ensured both teams would be on level pegging going into the sheds.

A try to new Sawtell back rower Luke Uikelotu early in the second half had the home side riding high and in the lead however they wouldn't be able to hold on.

Michael Tyerman's brilliant solo effort to bring the Sea Eagles within two points gave the visitors the momentum they needed with Robertson's match winner wrapping up a hard fought contest.

"After last season it is a great feeling to be winning footy games again," Grace said.

"Everyone is working hard and it is creating plenty of good luck for us.

"There is still a lot of footy yet to be played however if we keep doing the little things right the results should keep coming."

MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES 20 (M Tyerman R Morris G Collison L Robertson tries R Morris 2 goals) bt SAWTELL PANTHERS 18 (C Cook C Blair N English L Uikelotu tries D Russell goals)

Penalties: Macksville 9-8

Scrums: Macksville 7-6

Errors: Sawtell 16-14

At Rex Hardaker Oval, Sawtell

Referee: James Maggio

Reserve Grade: Macksville def Sawtell 36-18

Under-18's: Macksville def Sawtell 22-20



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