Good teams feed of opposition mistakes.
That’s exactly what Coastal did as they beat defending Taranaki premier club rugby champions Tukapa 30-22 at Sanders Park on Saturday.
While the match took a little while to get going, it was Tukapa who created more of the clear cut chances as they found plenty of holes through the Coastal defence.
However, they failed to convert any of them and by the time Coastal’s forwards really got into their work, it was the visitors who were piling on the pressure.
That pressure was coming at set piece where Coastal had Tukapa’s pack in trouble while they were also able to disrupt a number of crucial lineouts in the CMK feature match.
A couple of well taken penalty goals from Thys van der Poel was followed by a try from hard working flanker Dylan Juffermans.
Tukapa certainly got on the wrong side of referee Cam Stone with the penalty count 9-0 against them late in the half.
The most crucial period of the game might just have come on the stroke of the halftime break, though, with first five-eighth Emmett Hurley crossing to give Coastal a 20-3 lead into the break.
They carried that momentum into the second half and defended really well with Tukapa being forced into countless errors while they struggled to get any quick ball at the breakdown.
A yellow card to Tukapa captain Mitchell Crosswell was followed by a penalty try to Coastal after they had Tukapa going backwards from a 5m scrum.
At 30-3 the match was all but over. Tukapa staged a minor comeback and scored some good tries but they simply were outplayed on a number of fronts.
There was plenty to admire in the work rate of the Coastal pack and the commitment they showed throughout the entire match.
Flankers Blake Barrett and Juffermans fitted that assessment while the front row of Sam Lawn, Cal Davies and Andrew Trolove were also impressive.
“We turned up with the right attitude and mongrel and we did that for 80 minutes,” Coastal captain Brett Goodin said.
“We knew they were coming off a big win last week so we had to come out flying from the start and we proved a point early on.”
Elsewhere, Stratford-Eltham moved up to second on the table with a 19-5 win over Spotswood United in miserable conditions at Victoria Park.
Stratford-Eltham played better in the conditions and managed to play more in the right areas of the ground to come away with the win and they defended really well in the second half.
Best of the Stratford-Eltham players were halfback Nick Childs, lock Jack Jordan and No 8 James Miller.
Spotswood United coach Rhys Connell lamented their inability to play to the conditions. He singled out No 8 Ethan Perrett, lock Jacob Bourke and wing Nick Arnold for their performances.
Southern pipped New Plymouth Old Boys 22-20 in equally poor conditions in Hawera while Clifton got their first win of the season as they defeated Inglewood 23-3 at the TET Stadium.
The home side’s best players were No 8 Daniel Hornby, prop Jacob Northcott and first five-eighth Brent Landers.
Old Boys fullback Logan Rei and halfback Shaan Waite continued their good form this season.
Clifton’s win was paved by a really strong forward effort and some good work from halves combination Cody Whittaker and Taylor Haskell who played at first five-eighth in the absence of Matt McKenzie.
Haskell was able to dictate play really well while as he remained calm under pressure and kicked really well.
Clifton’s defence was also impressive as they dominated almost the entire second half. It was the first time this season Clifton had not conceded a try.
Inglewood’s best player was wing Michael McDonald.
At a glance
Coastal 30 Tukapa 22
Clifton 23 Inglewood 3
Stratford-Eltham 19 Spotswood Utd 5
Southern 22 NPOB 20