The Gentlemen and Kyogle Cockies prepare to butt heads in a maul during their rugby union clash on Saturday.
The Gentlemen and Kyogle Cockies prepare to butt heads in a maul during their rugby union clash on Saturday.

Gentlemen unable to back up

THE Gentlemen of Murwillumbah were unable to follow up on last week’s success and they had a sad road trip home from Kyogle on Saturday afternoon.

It was always going to be a challenging day against Kyogle Cockies who are second-placed in the Far North Coast Village competition.

Unfortunately, the Gentlemen didn’t have enough steam, going down 45-10.

The Gentlemen put in a great effort to begin proceedings with some powerful forward play which had the Cockies’ feathers ruffled. As a result, the Gentlemen’s prop Phil Lees scored a five-pointer which was converted.

A tight Kyogle pack was unable to crack their opponents’ game until well into the first half with the Gentlemen’s front row having one of the best starts of the season.

Eventually a lapse in defence let the Cockies in for a try and the honours were even at the break for oranges.

The second stanza began with some very physical forward clashes, causing coach Peter Crittle to make full use of his bench to try to keep the Cockies at bay.

Kyogle’s backs finally began to see much more ball and full use was made of it, enabling them to draw away from the Gents.

Leigh Wood at fullback for the Gentlemen had another fine game, his tactical kicking particularly outstanding, Glen Ratjens, the Gents’ veteran halfback, put in another crafty performance.

Dane “Snake” Viant was everywhere with stints on the wing and in the centres also causing trouble, while on the park was Alan “Big Al” Whittaker.

The Gentlemen would be lamenting the final 15 minutes as there were far too many dropped balls and some casual defence which resulted in the score blowing out to the final 45-10.

It is not a proper indication of how well the Gentlemen played at times. However, Kyogle were deserving winners.

This Saturday the Gentlemen are at home playing Evans River, which promises to be a hard-fought clash and victory is vital for the Gentlemen.



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