Muddies score record-breaking win for second week in row
A LANDSLIDE win by the Bowen Mudcrabs has continued their streak of success and broken a club record for the second week in a row.
The Muddies ran in 11 tries to win 67 to 0 against Mackay Brothers on Saturday, the biggest winning margin Bowen has scored against Brothers in the history of the club.
The win comes off the back of the Muddies scoring their biggest victory against Kuttabul Camelboks last week with a margin of 80 to 12.
Bowen got off to a flying start against Brothers on Saturday, turning the ball over twice and then scoring almost immediately with tries to Karmon Power and Ben Van Veen.
Nick Poole scored two long-range tries while Zeccheaus Henaway produced a brilliant show-and-go to score under the posts.
He then backed it up with an identical play five minutes later to score a double on debut.
Xanthe Power gave great support backing up a long break and was rewarded with a try under the posts to take the score to 43-0 at halftime.
The first half was punctuated by a dominant display from the forward pack, with flanker Lachlan Davison and number 8 Temone Power both winning multiple lineouts against the throw and the Muddies winning two scrums against the feed.
After halftime, a few interchanges were made and another Muddies debutant, winger Kava Paula, scored under the posts on his first touch in Mudcrabs colours.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic as Brothers were camped on the Mudcrabs line for 20 minutes with relentless attack, helped out by multiple infringements against the Muddies, but Bowen held strong and defended their line valiantly to keep the visitors to no score.
The Power brothers Karmon and Rainer both touched down in the last 10 minutes to take the score to 67-0 and cap off the day.
Coach Tom Andison was pleased with the squad’s performance but believes there is still room for improvement.
“It was great to see a complete performance from the boys where we were potent in attack, played a smart game in terms of turning the ball over when the opportunity arose, and dominated the lineouts and scrums,” Andison said.
“There is still plenty to work on as we gave away too many penalties on our line, but it was a very positive day and we are seeing the young guys growing and developing with each game.
“We play the top three placed sides over the next three weeks so we can’t get ahead of ourselves, we have to keep working hard at training and developing as a team.”
This weekend the Mudcrabs will take on the Slade Point Slashers, who are currently second on the table, at the Bowen Sporting Complex on Saturday at 3:30pm.