Snappers scrum half Brannon Murray (right) feeds his backline in the win over Wauchope.
Snappers scrum half Brannon Murray (right) feeds his backline in the win over Wauchope. Greg White

Snappers winning start goes according to script

THE PREDICTIONS of Coffs Harbour coach Rob Waddy proved accurate when the Snappers staged a 40-3 win over Wauchope in the opening round of Mid North Coast Rugby.

Speaking before the game Waddy felt the bigger Thunder side - making its debut in the upper zone conference - would be difficult to master early.

That was the case with the home side just managing to get ahead 14-3 by the break, thanks to crucial errors made by the visitors when pushing their luck and twice spilling the ball when in try scoring positions.

However, Waddy forecast victory would come late when his speedy outside men ran wide against a tiring side and three late tries down the edges sealed the win.

""I wanted everybody to stay out there as long as they could and help the match fitness," Waddy said.

"Our new half Brannon Murphy was fantastic against a really clever and experienced opponent.

"It was a good start and gives me plenty of heart for the local derby against the Marlins next game."

Wauchope coach Marc Minor was beaming despite the loss and has produced a team that needed just one outing in it's new environment to justify plenty of respect from opponents.

"It was one of those games where with a bit more fitness and cohesion we could have put more pressure on them," he said.

"As it was, the pressure we did apply caused them to make mistakes and we're going to be all the better for the outing."

First grade

Hastings Valley Vikings d Kempsey Cannonballs 48-7

Port Macquarie Pirates d Grafton Redmen 31-12

Coffs Harbour Snappers d Wauchope Thunder 40-3

Southern Cross University Marlins bye

Reserve grade

Hastings Valley d Kempsey 27-8

Port Macquarie d Grafton 20-5

Coffs Harbour d Wauchope 38-3

South West Rocks Gaolers d Bowraville Goannas 34-17

SCU bye

Under 18's

Hastings Valley d Kempsey on forfeit

Port Macquarie d Bowraville 50-10

SCU d Coffs Harbour 22-14

Under 16's

Kempsey d Hastings Valley 40-10

Coffs Harbour d SCU 17-10

Port Macquarie bye

Under 14's

Kempsey v Dorrigo Rangers deferred

Coffs Harbour v SCU deferred

Port Macquarie bye

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