Bangalow rolls Pioneers in FNC rugby
BANGALOW produced its best performance of the season with a convincing 26-14 win over defending premiers Wollongbar-Alstonville in Far North Coast rugby union at Schultz Oval, Bangalow.
Winger Chris Bleakley scored a first-half double as Bangalow went on to lead 26-0 before the Pioneers ran in two consolation tries in the final 10 minutes.
"We had a player carded late in the game and that's when they got their points, so it was a pretty convincing win,” Bangalow coach Warren Fisher said.
"They had all the early possession but couldn't get a line break and once we got down there we put points on the board.
"It wasn't a mud pit out there but it did rain a bit throughout and we just tried to play to the conditions and dominate with our defence.
"We're not talking semi-finals yet but we were confident we could get the job done here.”
Bangalow have been boasted by the arrival of Welsh imports Matt Tabb and Daniel White along with No8 Daniel Rollinson, who had been playing for Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Fisher named Rollinson as their best along with Bleakley, flanker Otty Fifita and second-rower Angus Dickson.
"That was one of the best games I've seen Otty play in my two seasons at the club,” Fisher said.
"I can say the same for Chris (Bleakley) - he has that x-factor out wide - while Daniel has been a leader and a calming influence in the forwards.
"Angus is a club junior and I'm pleased to see how he is going, coming out of second grade.”
Wollongbar-Alstonville second- rower Matt Scott played his 200th game for the club and was one of the try-scorers.
The Pioneers were under the pump from the start after losing centre Steve Mison in the warm-up with a hamstring injury.
In other games:
Ballina winger Rick Randall bagged a try-scoring double in a hard-fought 26-25 win over Byron Bay at Quays Reserve, Ballina.
Byron Bay played the final 20 minutes with 14 men after centre Craig Wallace received a second yellow card.
It looked like they would snatch the win when winger Miles Wood scored a try in kick-able range on the final play of the game but five-eighth James Bulmer missed the conversion.
Casino kept Lismore City scoreless in the second half when they came from behind to win 22-7 at Lismore Rugby Park.
Lennox Head had a forfeit win over Casuarina, which made the decision only on Saturday morning.