Forwards lead way
By Bob Anthony
THE Tweed Coolangatta Barbarians celebrated their first home game of the season with their first win of the year when they trounced Lennox Head in their Far North Coast Rugby Union clash on Saturday.
With the forward pack leading the charge, the Baa Baas posted an impressive 38-8 victory at Goodwin Park.
"We deserved this win," Tweed coach Phil Brown said after the match.
"Our defence was good and we supported each other well."
Tweed crossed for three tries in the first half to open up a 17-8 lead at the break.
However, Brown was more pleased with the Baa Baas' determination in the second half and their ability to go on with the job.
The Baa Baas piled on 21 points in the second half and the score could have been even greater had some of the passes stuck.
"There were plenty of encouraging signs out there today and hopefully we can build on this win and get some momentum going," Brown said.
While the Baa Baas forward pack asserted their authority over Lennox, the Tweed backs also showed good form, exploiting plenty of opportunities from turnovers.
Japanese signing Daiki Matsumoto was a real dynamo at halfback while centre Nathan Woodward created plenty of problems for the Lennox Head defence. Flanker Luke Osberg, lock Ben Jermanus and Japanese prop Yu Abakawa were among the standouts in an impressive Tweed pack.
The A Grade win capped off a good day for the club with the Colts posting a convincing 22-3 win over Casino.
Several Colts also played a role in the senior grade's win with Mitch Planten, Shaun Wood and Sean Hannan gaining valuable experience in the firsts in the second half.
Colts coach Greg Hollands was pleased with his side's performance which was based on a tight defensive effort.
The Colts win lifts them towards the top of the premiership table.