LIONS’ AT­TACK CRUSHES DEVILS

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RO­HAN O’NEIL

THE West­ern Lions cracked a cen­tury of points in a mas­sive win over the Norths Devils as part of a hugely lop­sided round of re­sults in the Townsville and Dis­trict Rugby League ( TDRL) com­pe­ti­tion.

There was a huge gulf in class be­tween bot­tom- placed Norths and the first- placed Lions as the home side piled on the tries in their 106- 14 win at Townsville Sports Re­serve.

Norths sim­ply had no an­swers as the Lions sent a mes­sage to the rest of the TDRL in the sec­ond last round of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The mas­sive score­line trend con- tin­ued on Sat­ur­day night as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Her­bert River wal­loped Univer­sity 62- 0 at Joe Baker Field while Brothers steam­rolled the Min­ers 62- 12 in Char­ters Tow­ers.

Brothers coach Dave Ack­ers had plenty to smile about as his team stormed to a 40- 0 half time lead, be­fore do­ing enough in the sec­ond half to take down the Min­ers in front of their home fans.

“Ty Carucci was great for us at cen­tre, he had a dou­ble and the winger Zac Sil­lis out­side him had a hat- trick so that com­bi­na­tion went re­ally well,” he said.

“We started quite well, we showed good dis­ci­pline, we took our op­por­tu­ni­ties when they arose and our at­tack is com­ing along nicely.

“As a team we take great pride in our de­fen­sive line and to keep them score­less for 55- 60 min­utes be­fore a few late tries was re­ally good to see.”

In the only com­pet­i­tive game this round, Cen­trals proved to be too strong for the Bur­dekin Roost­ers as they claimed a 36- 20 tri­umph at Rugby Park in Ayr.

The home side had an early lead but Cen­trals scored a valu­able win to keep their slim fi­nals hopes alive.

The TDRL un­der- 20s grand fi­nal was also played over the week­end and it was Brothers who fin­ished as pre­miers af­ter they took down the West­ern Lions 22- 18.

The Lions were left to rue a se­ries of han­dling er­rors at the Townsville Sports Re­serve and Brothers player Ene­marki Shibasaki earned man- ofthe- match hon­ours for his im­pres­sive dis­play in the de­cider. TDRL A GRADE CEN­TRALS 36 def BUR­DEKIN 20; WEST­ERN LIONS 106 def NORTHS 14; HER­BERT RIVER CRUSHERS 62 def UNIVER­SITY 0; BROTHERS 62 def CHAR­TERS TOW­ERS 12 UN­DER- 20s GRAND FI­NAL BROTHERS 22 def WEST­ERN LIONS 18

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