Rugby union: Port Macquarie Pirates defeat Wauchope Thunder 65-0

PORT Macquarie Pirates coach Chris Young knows his team requires some divine intervention, but he hasn’t given up on playing finals footy.

Pirates kept their faint finals hopes alive following a comprehensive 65-0 shut out of Wauchope on Saturday at Andrews Park.

Young admitted the most pleasing aspect of the win was keeping their tryline in tact despite having three players sent from the field.

Chris and Dave Geary along with Kye Marshall were given their marching orders in the second half when tempers started to fray.

“It wasn’t really what we needed going in to a game against Coffs Snappers in a fortnight,” Young said.

“From a footy perspective we played a really controlled opening half and then dropped down to their level in the second half.

“It became a bit niggly and as soon as anyone throws a punch it’s a straight red card.”

The Pirates coach admitted it was likely they would lose at least one of three players for the must-win match against the Snappers.

“I’m resigned to losing one, but maybe all three,” he said.

“Unfortunately the three or four blokes we rested on Saturday won’t be a straight swap for us.

“We’ll have a look at what we can do during the week and go from there.”

Other than the three red cards, Young said the match was played in a good spirit as the Thunder commemorated their annual memorial day.

This year it was a joint occasion as the club remembered the lives of former player John Tavaga who lost his life last year and his wife Taegan Grace who lost her battle with cervical cancer in 2015.

“It was a really good day where we remembered JT,” Young said.

In the lower grades, Wauchope forfeitted in reserve grade, while Pirates women emerged with a hard-fought 17-5 win.