Ben finally finds try-line
LISMORE CITY scrum-half Ben Felicioni has always been a leader, a talker and a goal-kicker.
In 2010 he is a try-scorer.
On the back of three wins to start the season, Felicioni has racked up four five-pointers to be equal leader on the FNC Rugby Union try-scorers’ tallysheet.
But his new-found knack of finding the line is not by design.
“I have no idea how that has happened,” Felicioni said.
“I couldnt get near one last year, now I’ve got four in three games.”
One of the premier point-scorers in the competition, the sandy-haired halfback racked up more than 100 points in the 2009 season – but they all came off his boot.
This year he has relinquished kicking duties to Matt Bermingham, but if he continues at this rate he might get 100 points, allin tries.
The return of Bermigham has allowed Felicioni to concentrate on his game, which has resulted in improved performance.
And as a halfback his prime objective is to steer the side around the park.
“It was a mutual decision between me and the coach to stop kicking for goal,” he said.
“In the past I would miss a goal and get down on myself and forget to concentrate on playing halfback.”
In the match of the round, City clash with Ballina Seahorses, who have also had a good start to the season with wins over Grafton and Southern Cross University.
Felicioni will go head-to-head with Seahorses winger Ben Robinson, the other man who has scored four tries in three games.
In a hypothetical betting market, Felicioni knows who he would be having his cash on for first try.
“I’m due for another couple tomorrow, I reckon,” he said.
“I’d have to be in to six bucks for first try-scorer.”
The halfback for the ladder leaders wasn’t aware Robinson was equal with him in the try-scoring stakes, but certainly took the tip on board.
“Yeah, I will be letting my wingers know and they will shut him down,” he said.
The Greens and Seahorses face off today at Quays Reserve, Ballina, from 3.10pm.
Also today, premiers Lennox Head will look to extend the misery for Grafton, who are yet to win, when they clash at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.
The Redmen won’t get a better chance to knock off the prepiership favourites, who will be without NSW Country representaives Jeff Wilson and Sam Stewart.
At Casino, the Bulls will chase their second win when they host SCU Gold Rats, who are last on the table after three losses.