The Ballina Seahorses ended the Yamba Buccaneers season in the sun on Saturday with a gritty 27-12 win in the minor semi final.
In the first half the sides looked well matched as each team threw the ball around. The teams went to the break with Ballina ahead 8-5 with Yamba scoring out wide through lanky speedster Adrian Miller and Ballina picking and driving their try through the forwards. Consequently, Ballinas coach Karl Lupton opted for a change of tactics in the second half, choosing to keep the ball in tight and dominate possession through the forwards. Although the tactic didnt produce the most flowing rugby it was highly effective and combined with a lopsided penalty count it was more than enough.
Yamba can be very proud of their season, taking out fourth after getting the wooden spoon last year.
This Saturday the minor premiers, the Grafton Redmen, will be keen to earn a spot in the grand final when they play the Casino Bulls in Grafton. Both teams have important league converts in their backlines and this has changed the way both teams traditionally play. The two boast huge forward packs and in times gone by have kept the ball tight to the side line and rolled their mauls to victory. They still do that but now they can also throw the ball wide and watch the spectacle of speed and elusive stepping. The game gets underway at 3.30pm.
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