The Wallamba Bulls hosted the Myall Coast Mud Crabs on June 17 at the Bull Pen in Nabiac.
The Bulls, who have led the Lower Mid North Coast competition since the kick-off, took nothing for granted against a much-improved Mud Crabs side when they took to the paddock in pursuit of the Year of The Bull.
From the kick-off the Mud Crabs showed just what they are capable of in holding out the Bulls’ attack and bringing the play dangerously close to the Bulls’ line.
Both teams remained scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the game.
Despite the gutsy effort, the Mud crabs – with only 15 players and no interchange – started to show fatigue which the Bulls were quick to capitalise on as they proceeded to cross for four tries and two successful conversions before the Mud Crabs struck back to bring the score to 24-5.
The Bulls were able to dig deep and crossed for two additional tries to lead 38-5 at half time with three tries to Christopher Tout and two to Lee Mc Donald.
The second half saw the Mud Crabs Trent Page at number 15 continue his impressive performance from the first half with some blistering runs and impressive kicking he certainly troubled the Bulls execution throughout the game.
The Year of the Bull marched on with Daniel Hessing, Peter Sheddon, Shorty Curnow and Christopher Tout all adding to the Bulls’ total.
The Bulls number nine was, Shorty Curnow successfully converted each try to bring the final score to 68-5, giving the Bulls another bonus point to sit at the top of the Lower Mid North Coast Rugby competition.
Bulls’ player, Matthew Steele, suffered a fractured ankle in the second half.
He will require surgery but is in good spirits.
In a blow to the Bulls he will likely miss the rest of the season.
This weekend’s Wallamba Bulls Krambach Hotel Player of the Match was Christopher Tout.
In other results Forster – Tuncurry Dolphins 69 def Gloucester Cockies 19; Manning River Ratz 55 def Old Bar Clams three.
Next weekend the Bulls will travel to Tuncurry to take on the Forster-Tuncurry Dolphins in a top of the ladder clash in what promises to be a physically challenging game with both the Bulls and Dolphins looking for a win in the game that has the potential to be pivotal in determining the minor premier in this competition.
The free Nabiac Hotel, Wallamba Bulls supporters’ bus will be leaving the Hotel car park at 2pm on June 24 to allow as many supporters as possible to travel and support the Bulls in this crucial game against the Dolphins.
In other games next weekend, The Old Bar Clams host the Gloucester Cockies and The Myall Coast Mud Crabs host the Manning River Ratz.