Bangalow 15 v Moonshiners 0
Bangalow travelled to Brunswick Heads to take on the might of the debutant Village Competition team, the Mullumbimby Moonshiners, last Saturday.
Having come down from grade rugby this year under sufferance, Mullum have maybe been too laid-back about the level of the Village Competition, letting too many games slip.
On their day, with enough go-forward ball, they are capable of carving up sides.
A convincing win for the Shiners was now needed to let them have any chance of playing semi-final rugby.
Both teams turned up for the business on the day, but it was Bangalow’s dominance in the scrums and lineouts that gave them the edge to come away with a convincing win, 15-0.
There was a stiff south-wester blowing and Bangalow got the advantage in the first half.
With a totally new backline, Bangalow struggled to finish off the high-quality work by the forwards, with numerous opportunities going to waste.
The intensity was there though, and some good pressure on a kick resulted in a charge-down try to inside centre Brad Peat, converted by Kerry Jennings.
At 7-nil at the break, the game was there for the taking, but it was Bangalow that regrouped and applied themselves to the task, starving Mullum of any opportunity.
Kerry kicked a penalty after copious infringements, and Richard Kelly scored a great try down the blind off a well-rehearsed lineout move.
Points for Bangalow went to 1- Prop Brad Hill, 2- Second-rower Fezz and 3- Fly half Jock Craigie. Player’s Player went to Welsh import Fezz for a tireless effort.
It was a great team effort for Bangalow, with plenty of players stepping up to the mark.
The top four teams are now secure with Yamba, Bangalow, Kyogle and Evans River contesting the semis in order of points on the table. Bangalow take the bus this Saturday to play Yamba away in the top-of-the-table clash.
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