Byron, Bangalow in rugby losses
Just as predicted, the game between second and third on the ladder proved to be as tough and hard fought as expected.
Kyogle came to Byron with a gelled forward pack and a no-nonsense backline.
However, not to be out done at home, Byron’s forward pack came to the party and muscled up against the bigger side showing big hearts and a desire not to be out done.
Kyogle struck it lucky with two penalties inside Byron’s 40 metre line with a kicker who showed us that he would make us pay for any mistakes inside our half.
Not being fazed by the score Byron showed why they are in the top three by turning the ball over at the kick off and making hard yards towards Kyogle’s try line.
Five out from the line Byron went to the backline, where they found forward Paul Pritchard hitting the ball at pace to cross over for the first try of the game.
The second half proved to be even tougher than the first with both sides struggling for dominance and a desire to win.
Byron showed some sterling defence never letting the visitors cross our line the whole game, this coupled with some great running by our backline, in particular inside centre Matt Dennis and first five Nigel Magney who both showed great attacking vision to find holes in the visitors backline to keep Byron in sight of the visitors.
However due to some small mistakes at crucial times Byron couldn’t get back into the game with Kyogle slotting two more penalties.
The points for the match go to, 3 for Matt Dennis, 2 for Greig Munro and 1 for Scott Smith with the player’s player also going to Matt.
The Yamba Buccaneers gained revenge for the grand final loss to Bangalow last year in a big way, winning convincingly 55-0 at Yamba.
With eight players unavailable, Bangalow fielded a team but had no reserves.
Against a quality side in Yamba, it was always going to be a long day at the office without reserves and players playing in different positions for the first time. With a full strength side, Yamba dominated in every facet of the game scoring 19 points in the first half and going on with it in the second.
To their credit every Bangalow player stepped up, defending gallantly.
Bangalow were their worst enemies at times making it easy for Yamba to score soft tries with poor kicking, handling and general decision making.
It was not all doom and gloom. The highlight of the day was Brian Davis, usually a winger, playing his first game at prop, showing great promise being awarded players player for a courageous performance against a formidable scrum.
Bangalow has now dropped out of the top four in fifth position and will need to start winning this weekend at home against Evans Head at 2.30pm.