Tight defence seals Colts’ victory

It was a game Coolum was expected to win but a determined Caloundra Sharks side and a very poor first half from the Colts kept the last Saturday’s Red Rooster Cup game closer than expected.

Coolum led just 8-4 at half time but performed better in the second half.

Straighter, harder running provided a good platform for man of the match captain-coach Nathan Ratcliffe to control play and eventually guide his team to a solid 30-8 win.

Ratcliffe was disappointed with the team’s play in the first half and said more work was needed to sharpen up some aspects of the Colts’ game.

A pleasing aspect for the coaching staff, however, was the defence, which restricted Caloundra to just two tries.

Coolum’s senior club president Bob McGrath thanked the Colts’ behind the scenes support staff for their week in, week out support.

“A lot of work goes into the team’s performance, but it all doesn’t happen on the training paddock,” McGrath said.

“The team behind the team keeps everything running smoothly. A big thank you to all.”

Score: Coolum 30 defeated Caloundra 8. Tries: Pat Burns 3, Dean Jessop 1, Dean Morgan 1, Nathan Ratcliffe 1. Goals: Nathan Ratcliffe 2, Drew Cantle 1.

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