Bindon brace leads against Trojans
AFTER a heated build-up to the top-of-the-table clash in Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union on Saturday, the Lennox Head Trojans had the last laugh with a 30-18 win over the Lismore City Greens at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.
Greens coach Will Cotterill stung the Trojans on the eve of the match, saying ‘Lennox are a very good side, but not as good as last year’.
But the defending premiers, who had seven players take the field with the ’flu, took a memorable win which has gone a long way towards securing the minor premiership.
“If people outside this club want to say we’re not as good as last year, that’s fine,” Jeffery said.
“But we showed a lot of heart and have proven we’re a very formidable team.”
City scored first through a penalty goal to outside centre Matt Birmingham from 40m out.
Trojans winger Lachlan Creagh and City No 8 Joe Akkersdyk then traded five-pointers before Trojans flanker Jack Davies put his side up 12-8.
Another Bermingham penalty goal put his team behind 12-11 right on half-time.
Soon after the resumption, Trojans winger Matt Bindon scored a brilliant try to put his team up 19-11.
Bindon broke away after chasing a kick then clever support play allowed him to crash over in the corner.
He then sealed the match with 15 minutes to go with his second try of the afternoon on the back of two penalty goals from five-eighth Adam Gordon.
That gave the hosts a winning buffer after City winger Stephen Hughes reduced the Lennox lead to 19-18.
Jeffery had another response to Cotterill’s pre-match comments when asked if the game had a grand final feel about it.
“In the first 20 minutes it did but then Lismore went for a 40m penalty kick and that made their intentions clear,” Jeffery said.
“I thought the first half would be more of players trying to see what the opposition defence is all about.
“We got a bonus point without playing well.”
The Greens lamented three missed opportunities for tries thanks to the last pass going to ground in the final quarter.
Joe Akkersdyk and Dom Morris stood out in the back row for Lismore while Trojans’ No 8 Jeff Wilson was his side’s best alongside 17-year-old openside flanker Jack Davies and Gordon.
The Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers’ ordinary form in Grafton continued with a 20-all draw against the Redmen.
The Pioneers lost at Grafton in the first round as well.
Despite the result, Austral-ian Schoolboys representative Jake McIntyre was impressive in his first-grade debut for the Pioneers coming off the bench and playing fullback.
Ballina Seahorses coasted to a 29-7 win at home against the Casino Bulls after they opened up a 17-0 lead in the first half an hour.
NSW Waratahs’ coach Chris Hickey’s son Josh Hickey was solid at No 8 in his first grade debut as his father watched on.