Trojans thrash Pioneers
A HAT-TRICK of tries to flanker Harry Bungate helped Lennox Head to a comprehensive 36-15 win over Wollongbar-Alstonville in Far North Coast rugby union at Lyle Park, Wollongbar, on Saturday.
Bungate has been one of the most consistent players for the Trojans this season as the club has battled to cover for injuries and play-ers away on representative duty.
"Last season Harry was happy just to come off the bench," Trojans coach Paul Jeffery said.
"He played really well and is becoming a dominant first-grade player."
Tries in the second half to Bungate, flanker Jeff Wilson and centre Kalib Cupples allowed the Trojans to run away with the game.
"It was a really good game of football and our defence won it," Jeffery said.
"They had a lot of possession and to only get 15 on us was pleasing.
"It wasn't all one-way traffic and they really took it to us on in the forwards."
Jeffery named No 8 Rob Fish and five-eighth Paul Crozier as Lennox Head's best.
In other games, a hat-trick to Ballina winger Trent Short highlighted the Seahorses' impressive 41-19 win over Southern Cross University at Quays Res-erve, Ballina.
Ballina shot out to a 17-0 lead but tries to centre Harry Witt and flanker Lachlan Pursche had the Gold Rats back in the contest
A try to five-eighth Luke Neal got them within striking distance, trailing 24-19, before the Seahorses laid on three unanswered tries.
Ballina were best served by No 8 Liam Preston, flanker Andrew Burke and hooker Aidan Cubis.
Lismore City five-eighth Matt Bermingham was the only try-scorer when the Greens beat Grafton 8-0 in a defence-orientated encounter at Lismore Rugby Park.