Centre Sean Wood steps into top gear as the Gentlemen of Murwillumbah take on Yamba.
Centre Sean Wood steps into top gear as the Gentlemen of Murwillumbah take on Yamba. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Gentlemen reveal pluck

THE Gentlemen of Murwillum–bah Rugby Union Club is seething, not with anger but contentment, despite their loss to Yamba on Saturday at Stan Sercombe Oval.

Determined to compare themselves to the best, the Gentlemen put forward a blistering performance in round six of the Far North Rugby Union Village competition.

Head coach Peter Crittle said his boys had played well but could have nailed down a closer result than the 12-0 loss.

“We gave Yamba a really good show and our pack put in a really good performance,” he said.

“They led 5-0 at halftime and got a lucky try before the break.”

It had shaped up to be a tough game and it proven to be, explained Crittle. “Yamba won the grand final last year and they have taken that good form into this season,” he said.

“If they could beat Bangalow 55-0 the week before, it revealed that they were very good.

“They beat us by the narrowest of victories and the score was the smallest margin they had beat any team by this season.”

The defeat positions the Gentlemen in the second last rung of the ladder. So far this season the Gentlemen have won one game and lost five matches.

It was decidedly different off the field, with the Gentlemen creating a special Ladies Day.

Some lucky ladies were treated to champagne, canapés and overall a great day of entertainment.

There were about 50 women supporting the event and they all happily cheered on the players.

In other results, Bangalow defeated Evans River 40-7, Kyogle triumphed over Mullumbimby 34-0 and Byron Bay beat Iluka 15-0.

In other competitions, the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians contest against Coomera Crushers was cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Baa Baas have had two wins and one draw in the first seven rounds of the Gold Coast Rugby Union competition.

At the start of the season, the Baa Baas lacked match fitness and appeared uncompetitive but to turn the tables they have employed some different techniques.

Coach Kim Bending said it will take time to build a strong team and all of his players are aware of that. “We are all on a journey and some players are uncomfortable with it but we are heading in the right direction, with our ups and downs,” he said.

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