Snappers' stunning revival continues as Waqa hits top gear
THE MAN is back in business.
Enigmatic winger Waqa Yaya, the forgotten hero of Mid North Coast Rugby, emerged from the doldrums to be among the best on the field as Coffs Harbour soared into second spot on the ladder with a stunning 26-12 defeat of Kempsey.
Adding lustre, Snappers scored four tries to collect the bonus point that puts the club within striking distance of the all important 'second chance' position behind minor premiership certainty Hastings Valley.
"Waqa is back with the best game he has played in years," captain Kris Kent told club faithful.
"Also, special mention to Grant Atkins who stepped up to play hooker and was brilliant around the field, keeping the positive chat going all day.
"Under early pressure we stuck to our game plan and eventually ran over them.
"Jessie Kirkman played an absolute ripper of a game.
"When the boys were down in the last 15 minutes, Jess put his hand up to take hit up after hit up and lead by example.
"For a 17-year-old he has a massive future ahead of him and I can't wait to see him finish off the year in first grade."
Cannonballs started brilliantly and raced to an early 12-0 lead before Snappers finally started the engines.
With 26 points straight off the bat, they gave the home side no opportunities and while they are still way short of the standard set by Vikings, the signs are totally positive that something special is happening at last.
Meanwhile Southern Cross University went down by 47 points to Port Pirates who also picked up a bonus point.
Marlins are feeling the pressure of a tough season but still have plenty to celebrate with the junior production line feeding more talented players into the game.
Bak Reech made his run on debut for first grade while Jordan Fisher came of age in the senior ranks from off the bench.
Hastings and both Coffs senior clubs rest up next weekend while Port and Kempsey meet at Stuart Park in the only match of the round.
Coffs Harbour Snappers d Kempsey Cannonballs 26-12
Port Macquarie Pirates d Southern Cross University Marlins 57-10
Hastings Valley Vikings bye
Kempsey d Coffs Harbour 55-0
Port Macquarie d SCU 39-17
Dorrigo Rangers d Woolgoolga Whitepointers 26-0
Hastings Valley d Bowraville Goannas 46-14
Kempsey d Coffs Harbour 54-10
Port Macquarie d SCU 7-3
Hastings Valley d Bowraville 80-0
Coffs Harbour d Kempsey 34-7
SCU d Port Macquarie 19-0
Dorrigo d Hastings Valley 24-7