A VASTLY improved second half effort was all that Woolgoolga needed to put away Orara Valley 48-12 at Coramba today.
Winning coach Greg Shuttleworth said frustration got to his men on too many occasions in the opening exchanges and not for the first time this season, the Seahorses took ownership of the wrong end of the penalty count.
"This was a key issue we addressed at the break and things turned out good enough not to have a point scored against us for the final part," he said.
Apart from ill-discipline, handling left a lot to be desired.
"Trying to push the pass too many times brought us unstuck and we turned over a mountain of possession to Orara," he said.
"But once that was sorted the score board began to look after itself.
"Again the boys managed to post a lot of points and I've said all along there's enormous attacking potential in the team.
"On the other hand our defence will have to improve - a lot."
Shuttleworth paid credit to star centre Joe Ravueta who spent the week in Fiji following the loss of his father.
"It takes a bit of character when something like that happens to spend hours on a plane and then give it everything you've got once you arrive," the coach said.
"Matt Cheeseman and Mitch Dockrey had big games and special praise to Webby (Clark Webb) who did it again for us today."
WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 48 (M Cheeseman 2 M Pledger 2 L Munro 2 C Webb J Ravueta M Grayson tries W Fernando 6 goals) bt ORARA VALLEY AXEMEN 12 (Josh Few N Lihou tries N Lythgo 2 goals)
At Coramba Sportsground, Coramba
Referee: Jason Townley
Reserve grade: Woolgoolga bt Orara Valley 38-16
Under 18s: Orara Valley bye