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Marlins win first - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 27 Mar 2007 14:53:00 GMT
The Shellharbour City Marlins have defeated a strong Erina Eagles outfit in the 1st round of the Jim Beam Cup held at Ron Costello Oval on Saturday evening.

The Marlins ran into a gale force southerly wind and driving rain in the first half and did not score any points. This was mainly due to amount of tackling they did as the big Erina forwards tried to dominate.

The Marlins held their own and owing to the Marlins brutal defence saw Erina score only 8 points in the first half.

It was all agreed that the wind assistance was at least a 20 point advantage. Bad tactics from Erina saw them fail to secure a regular attacking advantage by using the wind.

At the break the Marlins had only used 3 interchange players from 12 and Erina using 5 from 12.

Coach David Walsh knew this would be a great advantage to the Marlins in the second half and believed the big Eagles forwards would struggle running into the wind and rain with only 7 interchanges remaining.

The Marlins went onto score 18 unanswered points with tries to big forwards Peter Magnone, Jamie Dunning and winger Jamie Manukonga. 3 outstanding goals went to goalkicker Matt Coelho.

The Marlins kicked early in play using the wind advantage and turning Erina around at every opportunity.

Rough house tactics from Erina against the new kids on the block throughout the game saw them cop 16 penalites to Shellharbours 5.

It was a great team effort with the forwards being led by Captain Tunbridge, supported by Magnone, Dunning, Keelan, McPhail, Muir, Sablowski, Cooper, Gilmore and Paku.

Halves Schuster and Poisel did as best they could under the circumstances to lead the boys around the park but it was not a game for the backs.

Fullback Ian Catania tried hard as did centres Neighbour and Zwolsman and wingers Coelho and Manukonga.

Next Sunday the Marlins take on the Belrose Eagles near Manly. Belrose had a big win on the weekend and will be tough opposition. - Read More, Here