Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Coach Warns against Title Talk as Coffs Moves to Top

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Coach Warns against Title Talk as Coffs Moves to Top

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MNC RUGBY

First grade

COFFS RUGBY 27 (Faavae Suaesi 2, Paul Butcher, Will Guest tries; Kris Kent 2 conversions and a penalty) def PORT MACQUARIE PIRATES 12 (Michael Boyle, Joel Riddle tries; Aaron Robinson conversion).

Hastings Valley Vikings def Kempsey Cannonballs 39-14

Second grade

Coffs Rugby def Port Pirates 69-0

Kempsey def Hastings Valley 32-7

South West Rocks def SCU Marlins 12-0

Under-19s

SCU Marlins def South West Rocks 12-5

COFFS Rugby captured top spot on the Mid North Coast zone premiership ladder with a 27-12 win over Port Macquarie Pirates at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park on Saturday.

Coffs coach Geoff Mould was much more satisfied this week with the work ethic of the forward pack but warned there's still lots to be done before the club can go anywhere close to thinking about another title.

aWe still turned over too much possession early but I could see there was more determination and willingness to get stuck in once they were focused,a he said approvingly.

Coffs started slowly and Pirates opened the scoring when centre Mick Boyle crossed after inspirational lead-up work by big pivot Matt Mane.

But the Coffs lads then produced some magic of their own.

Supporters were scratching their heads when a penalty was awarded in front of the posts by referee Michael Tonks and instead of scooping up an easy three-pointer, the home side opted for a scrum.

The reason for the decision became obvious when wily halfback Faavae Suaesi danced a pirouette from the back of the pack to cross next to the goalposts.

Ten minutes later Suaesi pulled off exactly the same stunt to score again.

So brash was the tactic it is arguably the most surprising attacking ploy since the day Coffs scored off a 50-metre rolling maul against Dorrigo in the 2006 season.

aYes it was a planned move,a Mould said. aWe're a confident side and it doesn't hurt to show it.a

Despite Suaesi's try-scoring impressive double, Port levelled the scores right on the half-time bell when Joel a[approximately]Woody' Riddle strolled through the paper-thin defence presented by his former teammates. …

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