Bangalow played first placed Yamba at home on Saturday in FNC Rugby going down 21-0 in a high-speed physical game.
With their coach on a surfing vacation, three key players unavailable and unable to train because of the wet weather during the week, Bangalow went into the game undermanned and under prepared.
They won the toss and took the wind but failed to use it. An early head knock to Bangalow’s fly half didn’t help as Yamba took control of the game, showcasing their class across the paddock.
The home team showed they were up for the challenge, repelling countless raids, but eventually cracked through the backs.
When Bangalow did gain possession and were looking a chance they were guilty of poor technique, silly mistakes and not cherishing the ball enough.
Moments before the break Yamba scored another converted try through their backs of a scrum 10 metres out.
This was a telling blow, with players exhausted and becoming reactive after a gutsy defensive effort.
The second half was much the same as the first with Bangalow not giving an inch in defence but failing in the fundamentals of the game. Towards the end of the half Yamba scored again this time through some tired forwards.
This was a good wake up call for Bangalow if they think come semis time its all going to fall into place.
Commitment to training, games and extra fitness sessions needs to be addressed. In the end it was obvious Yamba were by far the more complete side on the day in every facet of the game. Best for the locals were oldies but goodies, in the forwards, Greg Cromwell and Brett Starky and in the backs Drew Gribble and Matt Hill.
This weekend Bangalow play Evans River away.