Sawtell Panthers host Indigenous Round match

The Sawtell Panthers wear their Indigenous themed jerseys.

THE Sawtell Panthers have hosted their Indigenous Round match against the Nambucca Heads Roosters in their Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League game at Rex Hardaker Oval.

The Panthers took the field wearing Indigenous-themed jerseys designed by the club’s Indigenous liaison officer, Kevin Dumas.

Panthers’ life member and local elder, Ray Robinson, gave a great welcome to country and his son, Troy Robinson, gave everyone there a great insight into the past, present, and future of the local Indigenous community

The Nambucca Heads Roosters showed why they are the big improvers this season with a 48-28 victory, a crucial win for their finals chances.

The Roosters showed the attacking flair and prowess they have displayed throughout the season to take a 28-6 lead into the half-time break.

The Panthers showed great passion and fighting spirit in the second half to cut the lead to 34-22 with less than 20 minutes to go.

But two late tries to the Roosters sealed the win for the visitors.

It was a spirited second half for the Panthers, as their defence shut down the Roosters for most of the 40 minutes, with the home side winning the second half 22-20.

Robert Smith scored four tries for the Roosters, while Logan Jones scored a hat trick.

The Panthers travel to take on the Woolgoolga Seahorses this weekend, before their final home game of the season against the Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Magpies on Saturday, 5 August.


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