MANNING Ratz opened their account for the Lower North Coast Rugby Union season when downed a determined Old Bar Clams 36-10 at the Richard Crook Field.
However, Ratz coach Danial Stone admits his side has some work to do yet to match it with this weekend's opponents, the perennially strong Forster-Tuncurry Dolphins.
“It’s fair to say we’re not up to Forster’s standard yet,’’ Stone said.
“We’re a work in progress. But we improved a lot against Old Bar from our first round game and hopefully we’ll continue to improve this week.’’
The Ratz had to work hard in the first half and trooped off at the break leading 12-5. However, as the match wore on the Ratz combinations started to click.
Brodie Howard was strong all match for the Ratz while Damien Minett worked hard at No 10. Dave Rees made some powerful charges and will be the better for the run. However, fullback Reece Holden is expected to be sidelined for a couple of weeks after injuring his shoulder.
"He was playing well, too, so that’s a shame,’’ Stone said.
Typically, Teia Amrosoli did his best to rally the Clams.
There was plenty of the Ratz to celebrate as their women’s sevens team had their first win of the season, upsetting Old Bar 21-10 in a bright display.