Far North Coast Rugby: Tenterfield dominate Kyogle

After a more than a month away from the winner’s circle, the Tenterfield Bumblebees returned in emphatic style. 

Back on home turf, the Bees stung Kyogle 34-5 in their round 14 clash on Saturday. 

In their previous outing against the ladder leaders in Evans River, the Bees failed to turn pressure into points.

Coach Phil Jones said the match against Kyogle was a vast improvement. 

“It was a convincing one but a tough game, very physical,” he said. 

“They came up to play and we dominated in the forwards and the backs, it was really good. Scored plenty of tries and everyone followed the game plan.

“We cut a lot of the mistakes out, scrums and line outs were better.

“[We] mounted pressure and converted it into points.”

Across the park, the Bees excelled. 

Jones had trouble picking out the side’s top performers. 

“In the backs, the standouts were Jason Maunder – he had a very strong game, his best game of the season at outside centre, scored a couple of tries and set a couple up,” he said. 

“In the forwards, Jeremy Phipps led from the front. 

“The whole team played well, there was no one that didn't stand out. Matthew Bertalli had a strong game at prop and all our young guys had a lot of game time.”

The Presidents Cup competition takes a break this weekend before it resumes on July 28 with the Bees travelling to play Murwillumbah.