Toshack’s return all important

WOOLGOOLGA snapped a five-game losing streak at Coronation Park when they overcame Woolgoolga 44-28.

Amazingly, the win puts the Seahorses only a game outside the top five and left their coach, Steve Gooley, regretting the losing streak even more.

“I said to them after the game that if they’d won last week we actually would’ve been in the five,” Gooley said.

Woolgoolga were buoyed by the return of captain Rob Toshack, who scored two tries from halfback, as well as welcoming back hard man Wade Gerhard, who got through a ton of work before being concussed late in the game.

“The big difference to us was Toshack,” the coach admitted.

“It just made a big difference to our play having our captain back.”

Playing outside Toshack at five-eighth was Tim McManus, who also appreciated the hard work done by props Sammy van Hammond and Adam Clarke.

McManus kicked six conversions, while the move of Scott Street to fullback appeared to be a winner as Woopi racked up a big score.

“We scored 40-odd points and I think in total we wouldn’t have scored that many points at any time this year. I think we’ve struggled scoring points,” Gooley said.

Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig was left shaking his head at how his team’s good work could be undone so quickly by a few stupid errors of judgement.

The Roosters led 22-16 shortly before half time but found themselves trailing by 12 points not long after the resumption.

“We had the team that was good enough to win the game, it was just ill discipline that let us down,” Stig said.

While the Roosters coach was bemoaning the cheap penalties and tries his team gave away, his major concern is the number of players he’s getting to training.

“There was a third of the team that hadn’t trained all week,” he revealed.

The Roosters are now enduring a four-game losing streak. Stig is sure the answer to breaking that streak can be found on the training paddock.



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