Breakers to face intra-club rivals
COFFS Breakers face a must-win battle against their intra-club rivals Coffs Crushers next week if they want to be a force in the 2010 MNC Rugby competition.
The Breakers were blitzed by the undefeated Port Pirates on Saturday at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park and the reigning premiers are now languishing outside the top four with only one win from their opening six matches.
Port simply made the Breakers pay for their errors as they scored seven tries to cruise to a 48-7 victory.
The Breakers, who are more known for their speedy backline play rather than forward grunt, actually won the scrum battle quite handsomely but every time they made an error the Pirates pounced and backline guns Jordan Macey and recent recruit Tom Emes both scored hat-tricks.
It now comes down to next week when the Breakers face a Crushers outfit full of confidence after a hard-fought 19-7 victory over the Kempsey Cannonballs at Crescent Head.
The Crushers defended their line stoutly in the second half after failing to take full advantage of the breeze in the first half to only lead 7-0 at the break.
“I think the Kempsey boys had a smile on their face at half time,” Crushers captain-coach Craig Landrigan said.
But the Crushers kicking game came to the fore in the second half as well as the teenage duo of David Angus-Crouch, who shone at flyhalf, and Matthew Spence, who scored two tries to seal the win.
For the best players at Coffs Rugby, their short-term attention shifts towards this Saturday’s representative match to be played at Coffs Harbour when the MNC Axemen host the FNC Dolphins.