Dolphins flip sub Wynnum outfit
THE Far North Coast representative rugby union team powered to an impressive victory over Brisbane sub-district side Wynnum in their final warm-up for the NSW Country Championships last Saturday.
The Dolphins scored eight tries during the 50-7 romp and will now set their sights on Western Plains in their quest for the Richardson Shield this Saturday.
The Richardson Shield is the second tier of the Country Championships.
Western Plains lost to Central West last Saturday 24-14 in their challenge to move into the Caldwell Cup side of the Country Championships, which is the first division part of the competition.
It's been reported that Western Plains fielded a monster forward pack but failed to utilise their possession.
The Plains' big pack will be a concern for Dolphins coach Karl Lupton as he has lost several players from last year's formidable unit.
"We're maybe lacking a bit of size and power," Lupton conceded. "But we've got a good side."
Last Saturday, Casino prop Joey Mohammed, Bangalow second-rower Greg Holland and backrowers Liam Preston (Ballina) and Shaun Makings (Casino) played well in the forwards while Harry Witt (Lennox), Tristan Allard (Yamba) and Chris Thompson (Yamba) all combined well in the backs.
The Richardson Shield match will be played at the Byron Bay Recreational Fields at 5.30pm.
The Macadamia Cup between a combined Village Competition side and a President's XV will be played as a curtain-raiser from 4pm.
The Dolphins will have a training run at Lismore on Wednesday night from 6pm.