Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Panthers Show There's More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Panthers Show There's More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

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Byline: Brad Greenshields brad.greenshields@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

GROUP 2

SAWTELL PANTHERS 35 (Austin Cooper, Jedd Mitchell, Adam Long, Robert Brilley, Latrell Hampton, Tyran Stevenson, Jordan Cavanagh-Hayward; Zac O'Brien 3 goals and a field goal) def COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 12 (Matt Cheeseman, Steven Spencer tries; Nathan Curry 2 goals).

ORARA VALLEY AXEMEN 24 (Riley Davey 2, Brendan Downtown, Liam Dunn; Dunn 4 goals) def GRAFTON GHOSTS 20 (Michael Curnow 2, Daniel Lavender, Blake Seymour tries; Todd Cameron 2 goals).

MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES 34 (Billy Cockbain 2, Michael Tyerman, Tyler Blair, Jake Simpson, Brad Southan tries; Andrew Blair 5 goals) def NAMBUCCA HEADS ROOSTERS 24 (David Marchant, Kyle Cohen, Zac Johnson, Mitchell Whitlaw, Leedon Falita tries; Larnus Leesha goals).

DON'T just look at the way Sawtell attacks.

Sure the Panthers try and play fast around the ruck in a bid to get opposition defences on the back foot. They did this on Sunday to score seven tries against Coffs Harbour to become the the only undefeated team in Group 2.

But the win over the Comets came from a lot of hard work when Sawtell did not have the ball.

In an arm wrestle prior to half time in the top-of-the-table clash at Geoff King Motors Park, Coffs Harbour's big forwards were starting to make inroads up the middle.

Sawtell coach Rod Hardy was most pleased with how his team defended on Sunday.

"Coffs are a big side and we knew it was going to be pretty physical. We just had to stay in the grind again which we did," Hardy said.

"We just keep turning up every week and that's what we want to do, that's how we play."

The Panthers haven't reached the top of the Group 2 table by default either.

To get there Sawtell has beaten the teams sitting in second, third and fourth position, being Coffs Harbour, Orara Valley and reigning premier the Grafton Ghosts respectively. …

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