Byron Bay too good for Mullum
After two away games the Bay were back at home on the weekend against the Moonshiners.
In perfect conditions for rugby the Bay turned it on for an entertaining afternoon display. With an injury list as long as available players, the Bay was again tested for depth. A back line that consisted of only two of the original players from game one this season emphasised Byron’s’ ability to inject new-comers like Travis and Jeff, reassured the club’s depth in available talent.
Sticking to a formula that worked, the Bay went wide on numerous occasions through the gelling of Dan Meadth and Paul Mitchell the ball was delivered with speed and accuracy to the outside speed stars.
Continual execution allowed newcomer Travis Mahoney to get plenty of touches in what was his first taste of rugby.
Proving to be too fast and strong for the shiners defence Trav ran in two impressive tries.
A need to work on discipline at the breakdown saw the Bay gift the shiners two penalties allowing six easy points to flow. Byron ran in two more tries through Lewis and Mitch Loane. At half time the Bay went into the sheds 20-6 leaders.
The second half saw Byron keep its defensive record intact after denying the shiners any tries through impenetrable defence. The Shiners’ effort was meritorious across the park.
Their passion to play is on par with any of the other teams in the comp giving it 110% for the whole game. The older heads of Mullum set a great example of strong hard rugby. With a lot of young players committing to the club they will only improve.
Byron ran in two more tries in the second half. In somewhat windy conditions a zero percent success rate in Byron conversions, this is an area that needs attention. Particularly at the business end of the season were 3-6 points may have been the difference in some of our previous defeats.
This weekend is a bye for Byron. A training session will be for all players at the Rec Ground at noon on Saturday.
The team will be getting together Saturday evening to cheer on the Wallabies in their opening Tri-Nations match against South Africa.
The night will also involve raising money for the injured players fund.