A HAT-TRICK to centre Bill King highlighted Byron Bay's 26-16 win over Mullumbimby in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, yesterday.
King has now scored 16 tries this year with yesterday his second hat-trick of the season.
He could easily have had more after a few missed attempts at intercepts.
The Giants contained him early before he eventually broke through to give his side an 8-0 lead.
The Red Devils looked the better side for much of the first half before Mullumbimby centre Jack Govett barged his way over out wide.
Winger Mitch Lambert converted but the home side led 8-6 at half-time.
Byron Bay lock Sam Dwyer scored off a neat short ball from prop Hemi Mullen in the 45th minute before the Giants dominated possession.
They looked certain to score a number of times but couldn't break the Red Devils' defence.
Mullumbimby fullback Troy McArthur and five-eighth Grant Cook were struggling with leg injuries before McArthur was forced from the field.
A perfectly timed cross-field kick from halfback Ben Webber had King in for his second try as Byron Bay took a 22-6 lead.
He scored another soon after before Mullumbimby hooker Tim Watkins threw a no-look pass from dummy-half for centre Jason Willis to score down the blindside.
The Giants finished with another consolation try to second-rower Rob Goodacre in the final minute.
In other games:
Ballina had an 26-18 away win over competition leaders Murwillumbah.
The Seagulls took an early 14-0 lead before Murwillum-bah clawed backed to be in front 18-14 at half-time.
Captain Simon Perkins bagged a try-scoring double as Ballina completed an impressive second-half shut-out.
It was the usual suspects for the Seagulls with props Dylan Montgomery and Robby Miles and hooker Andrew Battese their best.
Kyogle grinded out a 12-4 win over Evans Head at Kyogle on Saturday.
The win puts them on 23 competition points, equal with Murwillumbah.
Casino had a hard-fought 26-24 win over Northern United at Queen Eliz-abeth Park, Casino.
Marist Brothers thrashed Lower Clarence 76-6 at Crozier Field, Lismore.
Byron Bay 20
Marist Brothers 12
Northern United 10
Evans Head 4
Lower Clarence 0
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