Corrigan leads Bullrush
DYWAYNE Corrigan 20, Lismore City 5. This was the case at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta, on Saturday as Corrigan scored all of Casino's points as the Bulls won the Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union minor semi-final. The big Bulls fullback notched two tries, two conversions and two penalties in a starring role as Casino knocked Lismore out of the premiership race. "He goes alright doesn't he," Casino coach Mark Collison chuckled. "His timing is pretty good and he picks out the gaps pretty well. "I like that he gets involved in the game and he's not one of those fullbacks who just sits at the back. "He certainly adds a bit of spark to our backline." Corrigan, who has been a Bulls regular for a number of seasons, normally plays at centre but due to work commitments, Collison has shifted the lanky pointscoring machine to fullback. "He's back driving trucks so he's away all the time," Collison said. "He makes it to training when he can, so for convenience I started picking him at fullback so we can train with the two centres together." Casino led 10-5 at half-time after Corrigan scored a converted try just minutes before the break. "The try, which was set up by five-eighth Nathan Quirk, knocked the wind out of City's early momentum and the second 40 minutes saw the Bulls dominate. The Greens only managed to get into Casino's quarter once during the second-half such was the vice-like grip the Bulls exerted. Casino's big forward pack led by frontrowers Terry Llewelly, Joey Mohammed and Paul Batson led the squeeze, continually battering away at close quarters, with backrowers Matt McCormack and Shaun Makings excelling on the fringes. Halfback Luke Serone also played strongly, setting up Corrigan's match-sealing try, his second, midway through the second half. There was not much City did wrong. They fought hard, contested the breakdown vigorously, and tried to run the ball wide. But Casino defended valiantly and shut down the explosive Lismore backline before controlling possession in the final 40 minutes. Flanker James Olivieri and five-eighth Phil Alley were the pick of the vanquished, while No 8 Ray Taylor and winger Matt Birmingham also played prominent roles. In two weeks, Casino will play the loser of the Grafton and Ballina major semi-final at Lismore Rugby Park.