Trojans prove to be a title threat
THE Lennox Head Trojans reminded the competition what they're capable of with a comprehensive 29-12 win against the Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers in Far North Coast rugby union at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head, on Saturday.
The win was enough for the Trojans to snatch the minor premiership from the Pioneers and earn a home semi-final on Sunday.
The game was effectively over five minutes after half-time when winger Kalib Cupples scored an intercept try to give his side a 29-0 lead.
Tries to Wollongbar five-eighth Reece Brown and flanker Gavin Short helped reduce the margin
"I'm happy with our first half but disappointed that we invited them back into the game," Trojans coach Paul Jeffery said.
"At the end of the day it was a convincing win and we'll take a lot out of it.
"We recycled well and I think we can kick on."
Having Australian Schoolboys five-eighth Jake McIntyre start from the bench didn't help the Pioneers.
He found himself playing on the wing midway through the first half and limped from the field soon after when he was stomped at the bottom of a ruck.
Opposing winger Lachlan Creagh had no such trouble with his blistering pace allowing him to cross the tryline twice.
The Trojans were also boosted by the return of front-rowers Matt Liddle, Rob Roberts and hooker Jamie Treddinick.
"We needed that steel up front and it was good to have them back," Jeffery said.
In other games, Ballina and Lismore walked away winners a week out from their sudden-death minor semi-final at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Saturday.
The Seahorses beat Southern Cross University 36-19 and Lismore City defeated Grafton 33-20 at Grafton.
WHERE THEY FINISHED
Lennox Head 71, Wollongbar-Alstonville 71, Lismore City 57, Ballina 45, Grafton 29, Casino 28, Southern Cross University 14.
Saturday, minor semi-final: Lismore v Ballina at Crozier Field, Lismore. Sunday, major semi-final: Lennox Head v Wollongbar-Alstonville at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.