Avalanche buries St Pat's
ORANGE CYMS will travel to Lithgow this weekend for the right to host the 2012 Group 10 grand final.
Last week St Pat’s out-enthused and out-muscled CYMS for a dramatic 12-10 win on the same ground.
Yesterday, they were out-gunned.
The green and golds took the field without coach Mick Sullivan, who sat on the sidelines nursing a hamstring twinge suffered at training on Thursday.
Also absent were Warick Colley, still labouring with a quad niggle, and Claude Gordon, leaving the home side without three first-choice halves.
So when St Pat’s pivot Tim Holman chipped and regathered to open the scoring after just seven minutes, the signs weren’t great for CYMS.
Enter Dom Maley.
The regular centre slotted into five-eighth and played a hand in almost all of CYMS’ 12 tries.
His passing and kicking game was a highlight, his outside backs feasting on his delivery, especially in the second half.
On 10 minutes, Maley sliced through some shoddy defence, finding hooker Sam Hill for the first of his two tries to level up at 6-all.
Six minutes later CYMS had the lead, when winger Jacob Sutherland latched onto a Maley-inspired passing sequence to cross in the corner.
The hosts continued to attack the St Pat’s left edge, Pat Gibson crossing after Luke Colman stepped through his opposite number.
At 16-6, St Pat’s needed to click.
It seemed things had turned their way when centre Jeremy Gordon crossed on 25 minutes.
But Tim Bassmann cancelled the effort out with a try of his own, before Colman slotted a penalty moments before the interval to take the lead out to 22-10.
Needing to be first to score after the resumption, Cameron Plummer answered the St Pat’s calls by fending his way over the line just two minutes into the second stanza.
And at 22-16, a grandstand finish beckoned.
But what followed was an avalanche of points for the two-time defending premiers.
Four-pointers to Hill, Cody Robbins, Scott Piper, Riley Law, Larsen Marabe and Luke Coleman, matched only by a try to St Pat’s’ Joey Coughlan, took the score out well and truly beyond respectable terms.
Sullivan paid tribute to his troops for reversing the previous week’s demoralising result.
“The boys were really motivated for the game after what happened last week,” he said.
“The loss really hurt them, you could see it. Today they just kept pushing up for each other.”
But the mentor knows that minor premiers Lithgow are a completely different proposition.
“We’ve probably leaked too many points today,” he said.
“In a semi-final 22 points is too many. If we let Lithgow score that many, the result will probably be different.”
St Pat’s coach Mick Armstrong lamented a string of injuries which hampered his side’s chances.
Wingers AJ Piper and Plummer, as well as centre Josh Downing, were forced from the field at some stage.
In the end, their absence showed.
“They were just too big and too strong. When they get as much ball as they did, and we’re running low on numbers, it just got too hard.”
In some good news for the losers, regular halfback Tommy Clyburn is expected back for next weekend’s elimination semi against Oberon.