Both Coffs Rugby teams winless
THE big local derby to be played this Saturday has taken on even more significance after both Coffs Rugby teams failed to record a win at the weekend.
Coffs Breakers came the closest to snatching victory but had to be content with a 26-all draw against Kempsey.
The Coffs Crushers’ hopes of consolidating a position in the top two were dealt a severe blow thanks to a 31-14 belting at the hands of the Hastings Valley Vikings.
The Crushers had hoped to dominate their opponents with their renowned forward strength but it was the Vikings who took the honours in this area and they capitalised on the dominance.
Hastings Valley raced in two tries within the opening five minutes and it was a gap the Crushers never looked like making up.
The Breakers were also behind on the scoreboard early in their clash at Crescent Head as the Cannonballs took full advantage of a strong southerly breeze to lead 21-7 at the break.
In the second half, strong play from new winger Toby Jackson and flanker Chris McDonough saw the Breakers bounce back and they tied the scores with 10 minutes still remaining.
Unfortunately for the Coffs team they were unable to use their momentum to score the match-winning points.
Hastings Valley Vikings 31 (J.Edwards 3, A.Barnes, J.Lanerence tries; A.Barnes 3 conv) def Coffs Crushers 14 (A.Garland 2 tries; D.Angus-Crouch 2 conv).
Kempsey Cannonballs 26 (C.Gale 2, J.Lancaster, R.Jones tries; Jones 3 conv) drew with Coffs Breakers 26 (K.Kent, P.Shaw, J.Duncan, D.Fox tries; K.Kent 3 conv).
Reserve grade: Coffs Crabs def Kempsey 34-19.
Under 19s: Coffs Rugby def Hastings Valley 37-0.