UNTOUCHABLES: Lismore City Under-13 rugby union team celebrating its victory over Wollongbar-Alstonville during the recent Far
UNTOUCHABLES: Lismore City Under-13 rugby union team celebrating its victory over Wollongbar-Alstonville during the recent Far

Pointless exercise

By STEVE SPINKS

LISMORE City Under-13s rugby union side 484.

Opposition 0.

This was the case of the unbeaten City 13s at the end of the season recently.

The Greens won the grand final against Wollongbar 38-0 and in the process managed to keep their oppositions scoresheet spotless ... for the whole year.

It's an amazing effort.

Not even the feared defensive efforts of the Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league team can compete with the Lismore 13s.

In fact, no-one in local rugby circles can remember a team, senior or junior, going through a season without conceding a point.

The boys even went through the pre-season with a spotless 'against' record.

"It was a pretty handy little team," coach Terry Cox conceded.

"The nucleus of the team are good mates who have been playing together since they were eight."

But not all the team is experienced rugby players.

"There's probably half-a-dozen Far North Coast rep players," Cox said.

"But there would be seven or eight that are either their first or second year of rugby."

No8 Branston Brewer-Charles was the zone's best and fairest player, while breakaway Ryan Witt was the players player for the season.

"They (the team) all played well," Cox said.

"It was great to see improvement in the team."

With a coaching record like Cox's, Eddie Jones should probably ask the Under-13s mentor for some advice on how to lift the Wallabies.

"We had a pretty simple theory," Cox said.

"Whenever the kids started talking about a really big kid or a really fast kid who could score tries I always asked what was the best way to stop them.

"I'd get some different answers, but eventually someone would say don't give them the ball.

"Also, one of the main things was to have fun."

Don't give the opposition the ball and have fun.

It sounds so simple.



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