Snappers make it six on the trot in huge win over Kempsey
NO WONDER club legend Craig Landrigan was able to score three tries in Coffs Harbour's barnstorming 47-14 win over Kempsey to cement second place on the Mid North Coast Rugby ladder.
The veteran back-rower has been in career-best form and his uncanny ability to act as support for the ball carrier was finally rewarded with a hat trick.
Club publicist Paul Butcher was enraptured by the quality of the rugby played and team skipper Kris Kent was also singing the praises of his men.
"The first half was possibly the best football we played all year," he said,
"Our forwards rolled the ball up field with little to no mistakes.
"The scrum improved 100% from the week before and the line-outs are back to being rock solid."
Snappers went raiding from the opening whistle and the tries came quickly.
Kent made it on to the scoreboard when he rushed up in support of a Lachie Miller break and ran over six Cannonball forwards in the scurry to the try-line.
"A try that would make a front rower proud," the captain quipped.
"The second half saw another sloppy start and Kempsey scored first points.
"The boys reacted and kept grinding away."
Touchdowns again started coming and there was great excitement when Landrigan posted his third.
Full back Koen Mieni also had a landmark day with six conversions from seven attempts and his consistency is going to be a major advantage in the looming play-offs.
Meanwhile, Southern Cross University ended the season with a tidy effort despite going down 33-14 to Port Macquarie.
Marlins pinged the lids and were up 12-0 in the blink of an eye with David Nicol Jr scoring a gem of a try but the Pirates managed to finish stronger.
Numerous young guns have received an opportunity in 2015 and Mac Smyth and Jordan Fisher are the latest pair to make it into the top grade run on side.
Further north, Woolgoolga ended the minor season with a strong win over Bowraville in Presidents Cup and with ladder leader Dorrigo going down, the Whitepointers deserve to be full of confidence they can upset Rangers in the weeks ahead.
Upper MNC Rugby
Coffs Harbour d Kempsey 47-14
Port Macquarie d Southern Cross University 33-14
Hastings Valley bye
Kempsey d Coffs Harbour 17-7
SCU d Port Macquarie 15-0
Hastings Valley bye
Woolgoolga d Bowraville 19-5
Hastings Valley d Dorrigo 20-14
Coffs Harbour drew with Kempsey 22-all
SCU d Port Macquarie 10-7
Bowraville d Hastings Valley by forfeit
Kempsey d Coffs Harbour 34-32
SCU d Port Macquarie 29-10
Dorrigo d Hastings Valley by forfeit
Dorrigo d Coffs Harbour Barbarians by forfeit
SCU d Coffs Harbour 45-5
Kempsey v Port Macquarie Red deferred
Hastings Valley d Port Pirates Black by forfeit
Hastings Valley d Port Macquarie Red 22-15 (deferred from round 13)