Seahorses back at a gallop

WOOLGOOLGA five-eighth had a simple message for the Coffs Coast Advocate after yesterday’s resounding 48-16 victory over Macksville.

“Tell everyone we’re back,” McManus yelled out.

He’s right too.

The Seahorses have now won three matches on the trot and have moved up to sixth position and sit only one game behind the fifth-placed Nambucca Heads.

Yesterday’s comfortable outing was built on the back of the large number of yards made by the Seahorses’ pack.

Referee David Dunn ensured the full 10 yards was in play and Woolgoolga took full advantage.

The quintet of big men that is Sammy van Hammond, Adam Clarke, Nathan Graham, the evergreen Lee Harvey and new recruit Ben Blanchette laid a platform that the halves combination of Rob Toshack and Tim McManus couldn’t help playing well behind.

Lock Kelcie Davis also enjoyed his day. Always there to support in attack, Davis was also impenetrable in defence.

“We had a good crowd today so I’m glad they played well in front of them,” a pleased Woolgoolga coach Steve Gooley said.

“That’s how I know we could play all year, but we’ve had a lot of injuries, with players coming back now we scored 48 points,” Gooley said.

Macksville’s performance wasn’t as bad as the scoreline might suggest.

The team only made seven handling errors in 80 minutes, but without the services of backline trio David Pickvance, Dean Buchanan and Peter Bula, the Sea Eagles attack lacked its usual spark when it came time to spread the ball.

Still, Macksville coach Grant Coleman wasn’t getting too down about one bad day at the office.

“There’s no stress at Macksville, it only comes at the end of the year the stress,” he said. “There’s no panic button yet. We’ve still got a couple of little tricks up our sleeve and we’ll get there.”

With three home games in the next four matches, the Sea Eagles would still be feeling comfortable that a position in the top five is theirs for the taking.

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