Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Buccs Rule in Village Comp Thumping Buccaneers Supreme; Smashing Victory Finishes Undefeated Season in Village Rugby Competition

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Buccs Rule in Village Comp Thumping Buccaneers Supreme; Smashing Victory Finishes Undefeated Season in Village Rugby Competition

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Byline: MATT MEIR

THE Yamba Buccaneers proved they are ready to step up to first grade rugby union next year a should they want to a after a thumping win in the Far North Coast Village competition grand final on Saturday.

Yamba gave the Kyogle Cockies a touch-up at Crozier Field in Lismore, taking the silverware with a 51-7 victory.

The Buccaneers' win put an end to the five-year dynasty of Bangalow, which had won the Village competition every year from 2005 to 2009.

This year Bangalow were bundled out by Byron Bay in the minor semi-final two weeks ago.

That same weekend, Yamba progressed to the grand final with a comfortable win over Kyogle 17-0 in the major semi.

With Kyogle ending Byron's season last weekend, the match between the Buccaneers and the Cockies wasn't expected to end in a blow-out scoreline.

But after putting on the first try, the Cockies were unable to keep up the pressure against Yamba, as the relentless minor premiers, who won every match of the competition season, began to dominate possession.

After leading 21-7 at half-time, the Buccaneers put their foot down in the second half, frequently making light work of a tiring Kyogle defence.

Yamba eventually put on seven tries to one, with winger Cohen Rheinberger bagging a double.

Afterwards Buccaneers coach Tim Gooley said he was pleased with the way his troops had weathered Kyogle's opening salvos.

"We knew the first 25 minutes was where they'd try to win the game and play really hard," he said.

"We knew our fitness and our game plan would work if we held out for the first 25. We went behind early but we scored the next 51 points."

"We've been training real hard so I thought our fitness would be good.

"I was just stoked for the boys. We worked so hard. Just stoked we could do it on the day."

Gooley said he was thrilled with the result, particularly given the skinny playing roster the Buccaneers had assembled at the start of the season.

"At the start of the year, to be honest, we didn't know if we'd have a side," he said.

"We lost a lot of players. …

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