Disappointing Wingham down to Port City

Wingham five-eighth Mitch Steel makes a break during the Group Three Rugby League game against Port City at Wingham. Port City won 36-16.

Wingham five-eighth Mitch Steel makes a break during the Group Three Rugby League game against Port City at Wingham. Port City won 36-16.

PORT City out enthused a disappointing Wingham to record an upset 36-16 win in the Group Three Rugby League game played on a cold day at the Wingham Sporting Complex.

This is Port's first win of the season, which is surprising considering the roster the club has.

The game was evenly poised at 18-16 midway through the second half, however the Breakers, led by captain-coach Josh Hyde finished much the stronger.

Wingham's effort was by far their worst of the season.

They looked to be just going through the motions, especially in defence, where they struggled to contain Hyde and lock Daniel Dumas, particularly in the last 20 minutes.

The Breakers were able to punch holes in a faltering defensive line.

Hyde's try that pushed the Breakers to a 22-16 lead pretty well summed up Wingham's day.

He threw a dummy from dummy half and strolled through the defence without a hand being laid on him, it was way too easy.

It could prove a costly loss for the Tigers and they meet the suddenly in-form Port Macquarie next Sunday at Port Macquarie.

A further defeat here could see the Tigers tumbling out of third spot.

Port went to an early 6-0 lead when impressive second rower Connor Cheesman ran onto a smart pass from halfback Adrian Daley and raced 40 metres to score a try for Hyde to convert.

The Tigers bounced back when winger Aaron Bakewell did well to finish off a movement and score in the corner.

Stand-in hooker Michael Rees slotted the conversion.

Michael Richards celebrated his 100th game for Wingham when he scored an opportunist try but Daley notched his first try just before halftime and gave the Breakers a 12-10 advantage at the break.

The Breakers dominated much of the second half.

Dumas was causing Wingham all sorts of bother and he raced through a gap to add to the visitor's lead.

Hyde's goal pushed them eight clear although the Tigers responded when five-eighth Mitch Steel pounced on a short kick from halfback Luke Steel.

Matt Bridge kicked the goal and Wingham were back in the hunt.

However, Wingham's ball control was terrible and this allowed the Breakers to get field position.

Hyde's deserved converted try pushed the Breakers back to eight points clear and a smart individual try to fullback Dean Rogerson sealed the deal.

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