NRRRL: Wooden spoon close to inevitable after Magpies forfeit to Mullumbimby
ANY hope of a mid-season resurgence from Lower Clarence Magpies faded when the club forfeited to Mullumbimby Giants in its NRRRL round 14 fixture on Sunday.
A 15 to 6 upset win over Tweed Coast Raiders pushed Byron Bay Red Devils three competition points clear of Lower Clarence at the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile Ballina has now beaten every team in the NRRRL competition this season after thumping Marist Brothers 34-4 at Kingsford Smith Park.
It may have been a top-of-the-table clash but Brothers never looked like threatening the competition leaders, who were clinical around the park.
Leading 10-0 after a try to second-rower Anthony Colman and back-to-back penalty goals to hooker Andrew Battese, halfback Jess Perry came up with one of the big plays of the game. He managed to wrap up Rams fullback David Jacky from a kick return and also pulled off a one-on-one strip in the process, which gave the Seagulls excellent field position.
The Seagulls look to have all the pieces of the puzzle in place with teenage five-eighth Kel Sheather having a big game and fullback Oliver Regan also going well.
Nothing Brothers tried worked and it got to 20-0 before the Rams finally had something to cheer about when winger Beau Gibson scored out wide.
Replacement halfback Wally Kelly tried his best to spark the side and looked the most likely but even he found himself getting dragged into touch when he ran the ball.
The Rams struggled just to get out of their own half while Ballina centre Michael Thomas was having a field day down his side. Centre partner Roger Bartholomew also had plenty of success and scored the final try of the game.
Elsewhere, Casino beat Evans Head 34-10 at Casino on Saturday, and Cudgen beat Murwillumbah 22-12 at Murwillumbah.