Penalties begging

By CHRIS GILMORE

FIVE penalty shots in the last 10 minutes were not enough to separate Yamba and Ballina in Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast rugby union at Yamba Oval on Saturday.

The game ended 17-all, despite both sides having chances to break the stalemate in the closing minutes.

Yamba had the first chance with about 10 minutes to go, but their penalty kick was unsuccessful.

Ballina then had four consecutive shots to win the match, but they too missed the mark.

"They were at tough angles from about 30 metres out, but I would have expected them to land one of them," Yamba coach Richard Almond said.

Almond said he thought the draw was a fair result.

"Early in the game, I would not have been happy with the result," he said.

"By the end, though, we hung on well.

"We'll take a lot from it, we came up against a good side.

"We've lost four or six games this year in fairly similar circumstances, so it was good to hang on.

"Hopefully things are going to change from now."

Yamba justice

Yamba must have had a sense of justice after narrowly losing their first round match against Ballina.

Both sides scored three tries and missed all but one conversion.

The draw was the second time Yamba has taken points from a game this season, but they are still looking for their first win.

Ballina consolidated third spot on the ladder.

YAMBA 17 (M McLennan, T Allard, A Miller tries; B Ralston conversion) drew with BALLINA 17 (M Koellner, Adam Gordon, M Wiggins tries; Andrew Gordon conversion).



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