The Tenterfield Bumblebees have made their official debut on the rugby field with an 18-nil opening round triumph over Kyogle.
After a 15-nil trial match win over St Albert’s College, the Bees stepped out for round one of the Far North Coast’s third grade President’s Cup competition on home turf on Saturday.
Coach Phil Jones said it was a great start to the season but the best part was the defensive record.
“We haven't had a point scored against us in two games so that is a real positive,” he said.
“[It was] a good team effort, it wasn't a pretty game but very physical in the forwards and the backs tackled really well. [There are] plenty of things to work on at training which is good.”
The Bumblebees made Federation Park their home and Jones said there wasn’t space to spare as the community came out in droves to witness the clash.
“A huge crowd, you couldn't get a park at Federation which was good,” he said.
“There is a good vibe about the town, the community is right behind us so that is always a positive.”
This Saturday the Bees travel to Murwillumbah to play the Bananas who took on Yamba in their opening game for a 43-7 loss.
Jones said while he was happy with the performance against the Cockies, he is hoping to improve again this weekend.
“We are just concentrating on being aggressive in defence and getting our set plays correct and we should be a competitive side. Set plays were good but there are areas like our line-outs we need to improve on,” he said.
“Scrums were good but generally my theory is defence is the big thing - stop them scoring and maintain possession of the ball and you have a good chance of winning the game.”
The Bumblebees are also preparing to host their first winter ball in July.
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