Mullum mud too much for Cougars
NOTHING could have prepared the Casino Cougars for the Mullumbimby mud they found themselves in at Les Donnelly Field on Sunday.
After a solid week of rain, the Cougars were unable to train much in the lead-up to their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) opener, because the council didn't want them to cut up their training ground.
In a disjointed opening to the NRRRL season, the game was given to clubs to play at their discretion.
Consequently, the Mullumbimby Giants gave them a lesson in wet weather football, as the home team handled the muddy conditions much better to run out comfortable winners 26-0.
New Cougars playing coach Adrian Robson trudged from the field sodden, bruised, but otherwise not too down heartened by the performance, given the disrupted lead-up to the game.
“It's a bit hard because we had so much rain we didn't actually get a run with the ball,” Robson said.
“The fields were just too wet and we'd get into too much trouble from the council if we trained on them. We had a couple of runs, but nothing with the ball.
“But I don't think it would have made too big a difference, they were just the better side on the day.”
It was hardly mistake-free football by either side, but more passes stuck for the Giants as they scored five tries to nil.
The Cougars dropped too much ball, bombed a couple of chances and had two tries disallowed by livewire halfback Akon Wereta.
Mullumbimby led 10-0 at half-time and scored another try soon after the resumption of play, but the Cougars then dug in and camped inside the Giants' territory
However, territorial advantage was never converted into scoreboard pressure, a fact that was not lost on Robson.
“We defended really well, we were under the pump for 75 per cent or 80 per cent of the first half and held them to 10 points,” Robson said.
“We also had two or three tries disallowed, and if we got them, it would have made the scoreboard look a lot better and lifted our confidence.”
One of the stand-out performers for Mullumbimby was the big lock Dwayne Moseley.