Seahorse flair wins the day
BALLINA Seahorses played just like the Wallabies on Saturday afternoon in their 24-12 win over Wollongbar-Alstonville in Coopers Far North Coast rugby union at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.
At least that was the case during the last quarter of the match.
In that time the Seahorses were prepared to throw the ball around and that carefree attitude with the game on the line got them the money.
With 15 minutes to go, Seahorses fullback Rick Randall made a scorching run from a movement started deep inside his own quarter before timing his inside pass beautifully for outside centre Trent Gasnier to score under the crossbar for the last try of the match.
Just two minutes earlier, in a frenetic attacking period for the visitors, Seahorses winger Ben Robinson scored following an intercept that ended with him catching a pin-point Mat Thompson kick.
Earlier, the Pioneers held a 12-0 lead after just 10 minutes thanks to tries to second-rower Matt Scott and five-eighth Ben Damen.
But Ballina fought their way back to 12-all by half-time.
Firstly backrower Josh Piercy crashed over before halfback Beau Milner scored after a run down the blindside off a scrum.
Thompson ignited his backline in the second half with his crisp passing before sitting back and letting his outside men produce some razzle-dazzle plays.
“I just had to spin the ball out to those guys because they have plenty of speed,” he said.
“Pioneers coach Ben Grayndler lamented a mounting injury toll in the second half for his side's loss of momentum.
Southern Cross University notched just their second win of the season with a 49-26 triumph over the Grafton Redmen at Maurie Ryan Oval.
Gold Rats winger Andrew Smith scored three tries.
“That was his best game of the year,” SCU captain-coach Harry Witt said.
“If we can now avoid the wooden spoon that would be sensational.”
And Lennox Head enjoyed a 43-0 away win over Casino Bulls at Albert Park.
Hooker Jamie Tredinnick and second-rower Richard Jeffers were among the best for the visitors.