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King brothers help get Devils over the line against Mur-bah

MATCH WINNER: Byron Bay centre Chris King proved a handful for Murwillumbah in the NRRRL minor semi-final on Saturday. The Red Devils will play in the preliminary final on Sunday.
MATCH WINNER: Byron Bay centre Chris King proved a handful for Murwillumbah in the NRRRL minor semi-final on Saturday. The Red Devils will play in the preliminary final on Sunday.

BROTHERS Bill and Chris King provided the bit of magic Byron Bay needed to beat Murwillumbah 32-30 in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League minor semi-final on Saturday.

With the game on the line, Chris laid on a perfectly timed cross-field kick for Bill to score the match-winner at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.

Byron made tough work of it, losing the ball from the resuming kick-off but held on for a memorable win.

"Those two are just freaks; it's what they do," captain-coach Ryan O'Connell said.

"They play an awesome brand of footy and have the skill to pull off things like that in the big games.

"It was a gutsy win in the end and a great feeling in the sheds."

Byron scored consecutive tries to take an early 12-0 lead.

Murwillumbah clawed back to 22-all and looked to have the game won when they took a 30-26 lead.

"We gave away a lot of ball and Murwillumbah put it to us," O'Connell said.

"It could have gone either way but I'm really proud of our guys.

"The club is on a high at the moment and we think we can go all the way.

"It was a really good game of football and they definitely stuck it to us."

Murwillumbah player-coach Damien Quinn was outstanding, scoring two tries in what might have been his final game before retiring. However, the Mustangs will be left to lament what could have been after leading the competition for most of the season. It will be the first time since 2010 that they have not made the NRRRL grand final.

O'Connell named prop Simon Kelly, second-rower James Griffiths and hooker Tyler Blanch along with the King brothers as their best.

In the major semi-final Ballina beat Kyogle 27-12. Ballina will host the NRRRL grand final in a fortnight.

Full report and pictures from the Ballina and Kyogle game in The Northern Star tomorrow.

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