Those who watched Wauchope continue their undefeated Group 3 rugby league campaign in Kempsey on Sunday were adamant it was because of Sam Watts.
The Blues centre scored a hat-trick as they held on 38-34 at Verge Street, but the man himself doesn't share the same sentiments.
"It's definitely not because of me, I barely do anything, I just run over the line and put the ball down," he told the Port News.
The hard work Watts put in during a testing pre-season is the key reason he has been one of the Blues more consistent performers.
He is, however, adamant his job is made a lot easier by the consistency of Wauchope's forward pack.
"The forwards set the platform and off the back of some good backline movement, I'm just lucky to have my hands on the ball and get over the tryline," he said.
As one of the more experienced players in a young side, the centre knows he can't afford to cut corners. He has to lead by example - and he's happy to.
"Being a leader I can't slacken off because if the young boys see me slacken off they'll wonder why they have to put the effort in and try for the team when a senior player doesn't," he said.
"Being a leader I can't slacken off because if the young boys see me slacken off they'll wonder why they have to put the effort in and try for the team when a senior player doesn't."Wauchope Blues centre Sam Watts
"We always say to try and be the player that people always want to play with and that's what I'm trying to be; especially being one of the leaders."
And while the Blues are undefeated in nine starts, there is plenty of improvement left in them - starting with their discipline.
Penalties are a problem across the competition and Wauchope are no different.
"We pride ourselves on being a team that grinds teams out of the contest, but I feel we fall away from that sometimes," he said.
"We'll score a quick couple of tries and instead of keeping on a roll we take our foot off the throttle, make silly mistakes and let other teams back into the game.
"Our discipline hasn't been the best ... we give stupid penalties away on the third or fourth tackle and we can't keep doing that."
Watts admits they have to be more ruthless as complacency can start to creep in.
"Maybe people might think that because we're going so well that other people in the team will get us through those tough periods."Sam Watts
"Maybe people might think that because we're going so well that other people in the team will get us through those tough periods," he said.
"We all need to take charge and take responsibility so we're all at our best every game."
Saturday's clash with Taree City will see the senior club assist the juniors as they raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease.
"It is a pretty big day for us and there are a lot of fundraisers and things we're doing outside the footy club as well," Watts said.
"We're wearing yellow socks so hopefully we raise a bit of money for the foundation."
It will be a bumper day of rugby league action at Lank Bain Sporting Complex.
Junior age groups will play between 9am and 11am before ladies league tag (11am), under-12s (12.05pm), under-18s (1.15pm), reserve grade (2.30pm) and first grade (3.40pm.)
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