Another narrow loss for the Cannonballs

Leap: The Cannonballs suffered another narrow loss in reserve grade. Photo: Ella McMillan.

Leap: The Cannonballs suffered another narrow loss in reserve grade. Photo: Ella McMillan.

It was a familiar story for the Kempsey Cannonballs reserve grade side on Saturday, as they suffered a narrow loss on the road against the Port Macquarie Pirates.

A horrible start to the match saw them trailing 17-0 after 20-minutes.

Their failure to find touch from penalty kicks and multiple errors were their downfall.

The side managed to mount pressure on the Pirates leading into the half-time break and Iulio Tavete marked his return from injury with a try to make it 17-7 at the break.

The Cannonballs kept the pressure on Port Macquarie to start the second half and forward Lance Byrnes crossed before a backline move resulted in Eric Kerr diving over in the corne to give the Cannons a 19-17 lead with 20-minutes remaining.

They spent the rest of the match defending their own and eventually succumbed to the pressure, losing 22-19.

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