A plain victory for the Plainsmen
A determined effort to stymie the flow of the ball from the ruck produced a dogged but unentertaining 22-17 victory for Western Plains over a valiant Far North Coast Dolphins outfit at Byron Bay on Saturday.
Playing with a stiff southerly at their back in the first half, the locals sprinted too 14-nil lead thanks to tries by Wollongbars Harry Witt and Lismores Scott Lancaster. However, on three occasions the Dolphins attacking raids were hampered by Plainsmen deliberately lying in the ruck.
In the second term the Plainsmen used the gale to pick up good field position and then used their sizable pack to force their way over from two line-outs close to the line. This brought the visitors within striking, distance and a late error close to the Dolphins line ended up handing them a winning try.
The Dolphins are hoping for a more open game when they play New England in Armidale this Saturday.
The Under 19 Dolphins team will also travel to Armidale for their opening match.