by Mitchell Craig
A SLUGGISH Lennox Head were made to work for a 28-17 win over Bangalow in Far North Coast rugby union at Schultz Oval, Banglaow, on Saturday.
Second-half tries to winger Rowan Morgan and five-eighth Paul Crozier sealed the win with the second coming when Bangalow had only 13 players on the field after two yellow cards.
Fullback Matt Tabb was a big loss during his stint off the field with the Rebels' only points in the second half coming from his boot with a penalty goal.
He also kicked three penalties in the first half with Bangalow taking a 14-13 lead into half-time.
There was plenty happening at the ruck with both teams copping their fair share of penalties for infringements at the breakdown.
Bangalow were worse off with four yellow cards as they ran out of puff in the final 20 minutes.
"They played without 15 for at least half the game so we didn't really dominate at all and it's winning ugly for us,” Lennox Head coach Jason McCombie said.
"It wasn't a great spectacle and there were a lot of stoppages for penalties at the breakdown.
"We got a lot of field position at the back end of the second half and we were finally able to put some points on.
"But we struggled throughout the game to get into our patterns and full credit to them for making it a contest at the ruck.”
Trojans centre Brad Lees looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and was the only Lennox Head try-scorer in the first half.
They were missing front-rower Corey Windle and five-eighth Adam Gordon while Bangalow lost front-rower Neil Moran during the game and had plenty of others walking wounded.
"We have a bit of work to do with our line-out and some other stuff to work on during the week off,” McCombie said.
In other games:
Southern Cross University piled on the points in a 57-26 win over Casuarina at Maurie Ryan Oval, Lismore.
Ballina were slow out of the blocks and Lismore City were determined to make a game of it before eventually going down 31-19 at Quays Reserve, Ballina.
Wollongbar-Alstonville defeated Casino 29-8 at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.