THE Myall Coast Mudcrabs suffered a narrow loss to competition front-runners Foster Tuncurry Dolphins in the final round of competition at the weekend.
The match, played Saturday at Myall Park, saw the Mudcrabs go down in a tight one 26-19.
The result leaves the side sitting second behind the Dolphins and has ensured it a place in the major semi-final against Foster-Tuncurry at Tuncurry.
Saturday's narrow loss was an enormous improvement from its last encounter and showed a lot of heart with some exciting team tries keeping the crowd on edge all match.
For the Mudcrabs, Tom Davy was outstanding on the side of the scrum scoring a try and working in harmony with the other tenacious backrowers Elliot St George and Dayne Applebee.
The Mudcrabs backline had limited opportunities due to the ebb and flow of the game with some astute kicking from both sides.
Winger Chris Sando scored two great opportunist tries with his constant chasing of the ball.
The Mudcrabs forward pack worked very hard in the set plays and continued to put pressure on the opposition pack with their pick and drive work in close.
The Mudcrabs can advance straight to the grand final if they can win away this week.
The crowd at Saturday's match was fantastic with its annual pink day celebrations a major success.