NRRRL: Wooden spoon close to in­evitable af­ter Mag­pies for­feit to Mul­lumbimby

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT RUGBY LEAGUE -

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.

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