Muddies tough in scrum in physical rugby clash
THE Bowen Mudcrabs were unable to clinch a win against Mackay City on Saturday but coach Tom Andison says his squad showed determination and strong defence right until the end.
The Mudcrabs travelled light with only one reserve for the first official game in the resumed rugby union season, as some players were injured and others had work commitments at the weekend.
The Bowen squad began well, with Nick Poole scoring in the corner for the Muddies after 10 minutes, locking in the first points of the game.
The first 20 minutes were very physical with a lot of heavy contact in attack and defence, led by second-rower Oscar Turner who asserted his dominance throughout the game.
But Mackay City were able to score three tries towards the back of the half to go into halftime leading 19-5.
As the Muddies started to tire out, Mackay City was able to make metres through the middle of the field as the tackles were harder to stick.
They piled on another 3 tries before losing their number 8 to the sin bin after he started a scuffle post-try.
The Mudcrabs were able to capitalise on Cities having one man down and Nick Poole hit back with a long-range 60m effort to take the score to 33-10.
After getting back to 15 men on the field, Mackay City scored two late tries before front-rower Scott Le Bherz ran through a gaping hole to score under the posts just before full-time.
This took the final score to 45-17 to Mackay City.
Coach Tom Andison said the trip to Mackay was challenging at the best of times, but travelling with only 16 men made the weekend's clash even tougher.
"But to see the boys put in effort in defence all game was really encouraging, and the fact that we scored the last try showed we kept our heads up until the end," he said.
"Our scrum was dominant all day and although it was a heavy defeat in the end, there were a lot of positives to take away as we prepare to play Kuttabul next weekend."
Oscar Turner was awarded three best and fairest points, while Lachlan Davison scored 2 and Ben Van Veen and Nick Poole were each awarded one point.
The Mudcrabs will take on the Kuttabul Camelboks at the Bowen Sporting Complex on Saturday, kicking off at 3.30pm.