Bad start costs Casino, hands victory to Marist Brothers

HALFBACK Paul O'Neill and hooker Jimmy English were the standouts when Marist Brothers beat the Casino Cougars 36-12 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, yesterday.

It was the worst possible start for the Cougars who trailed 16-0 after just 15 minutes.

Offside from the kick-off, dropped ball from their own penalty taps; they made errors in almost every facet of play.

English and O'Neill capitalised on the opportunities, causing plenty of problems around the ruck for the bigger Casino pack.

O'Neill scored just before the break to give the Rams a 22-0 lead at half-time.

"We shot ourselves in the foot early with about five errors," Casino coach Troy McLean said.

"I challenged the boys to come back with a bit of character after such a poor start."

The Cougars needed to score first after the break and they did thanks to the sheer pace of fullback David Briggs.

They muscled up for an intense 10-minute period after the resumption before the Rams got a roll on with winger Greg Talu going over to extend the lead to 26-6.

Casino answered back with centre Logan Daniel adding his name to the scoresheet.

However, consecutive tries to the Rams through fullback Mitchell Krause and centre Max Elliot sealed a much-needed win for Brothers.

"We played with a lot of composure and control which was pleasing," Rams coach Adam Mayes said.

"We went back to old habits in the beginning of the second half with a bit of turnover but Casino are a big side and we matched them physically to set a bit of a platform."

The only concern for the Rams was losing English towards the end of the game with a concussion.

Centre John Brown also played well for Brothers, scoring a try and having two denied later in the game.

Centre Todd Johnson and prop Damien Benn tried hard for the home side.

"We're a tough physical side but just struggle with some of the finer parts of the game," McLean said.

"Thursday night was our best ball work session of the season and you couldn't believe that with the way we started.

"It was our worst start of the season but we'll hang in there and hope some results go our way."

Topics:  casino cougars marist brothers rams nrrrl

WATCH: As Knitting Nannas arrest 'Kevin Hogan'

The Knitting Nannas at Kevin Hogan's office in Molesworth St and, below left, Knitting Nanna Dororthy Moller with an 'arrest warrant for Kevin Hogan.

Group storms office in brazen stunt

Guilty plea to hidden hydro weed operation

epa03462089 (FILE) A file photo dated 31 August 2010 shows a worker tending to cannabis plants at a growing facility for the Tikun Olam company near the northern Israeli town of Safed, Israel. Reports on 07 November 2012 state that Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize cannabis for recreational use, while medical marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in Massachusetts, Montana and Arkansas.  EPA/ABIR SULTAN ISRAEL OUT

Operation employed a gang of "trimmers" to cut and package cannabis

Insight into Lyme disease on SBS

Paralysis tick

Insight will look at the controversy over Lyme disease in Australia

Local Partners

Craft beer comes to Beef Town in new festival

TONY Hennessy explains how the Northern Rivers Craft Beer and Cider Festival came about.

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

November will be a big month for NORPA

ARTS: NORPA has added new shows to the Dreamland season from November 23 to December 10.

Peter Garrett, Dreamland and the 2017 Season Launch, among others

The Superjesus: Back with Love and Violence

DOWN AGAIN: The Superjesus are Paul Berryman on drums, Sarah McLeod on lead vocals and Stuart Rudd on bass guitar.

The Superjesus are back after 13 years

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Cliff Richard doesn't need Rod Stewart's help with legal bills

Sir Cliff Richard

"'Don't worry, I'm loaded. I won't keep you to it.' "

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.