By STEVE SPINKS
CASINO hooker Joey Mohammed had club officials searching through the record books on Saturday night.
After all, when was the last time a hooker scored four tries in a first grade Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast rugby union fixture.
Mohammed plunged over for four five-pointers as the Bulls easily accounted for Yamba 36-12 at Albert Park, Casino.
The win was special for another reason for Casino.
It gave them the lead on the competition ladder in front of Lismore.
All of Mohammed's tries were scored from short-range.
Two from rolling mauls from a lineout, one from a pick and drive close to the line and another from a simple overlap.
Outside centre Tory Gilmour was one jealous onlooker.
Gilmour, who scored one try himself, didn't like being outpointed by a front-rower.
"We (the backs) were all looking around saying 'What's going on here'," he chuckled.
"The crowd loved it when he got his third.
"We couldn't see who scored it but he kept being the last man up from the bottom of the ruck."
But Gilmour admitted it was the Bulls forward pack that dominated the match.
"The forwards just played perfectly," he said.
"The ball didn't get too much out wide."
Accordingly, Mohammed won the three points and the players' player, while flanker Jarrod Cameron and second-rower Heath Johnston also shared in the points.
The Buccaneers were simply outgunned up-front by a Bulls forward pack that has been dominating games for more than four years.
Flanker Paul Hope and fullback Adrian Miller were the pick of the Yamba team.
CASINO 36 (J Mohammed 4, J Cameron, T Gilmour tries; T Gilmour 3 goals) d YAMBA 12 (B Hunt, A Miller tries; A Miller conversion).
Reserve grade: CASINO 36 (D Corrigan 4, D Amey 2 tries; D Corrigan 3 goals) d MULLUMBIMBY 14 (M Taylor, A Barclay tries; C Strickland 2 conversions).
Under-19s: CASINO 22 (A McLennan, P Grayson, T Horsley, J Butta tries; R Pedrini conversion) d LENNOX HEAD 7 (P Spencer try; J McElroy conversion).
Robinson try steals win, bonus point
A TRY by Grafton second-rower Mark Robinson with only minutes to spare salvaged a bonus point victory over Wollongbar 28-21 at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.
Robinson, who was by far the best for the Redmen, was on the end of a driving maul by the big Grafton eight.
The ball spilled out the side, and the second-rower picked it up and crashed over.
"He had a massive game," enthused Grafton coach Gary Powell.
"He's just so strong and fit and so strong on the mental side of the game.
"The only thing that really stopped him from going on (to the next level) was injury."
Not only did Robinson score the winning try, but his defence and general mobility about the park was also a highlight.
However, not everything went the second-rowers way as he spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin.
"He had a rest and came back on played well," chuckled Powell.
Grafton led 14-13 at half-time.
Spurred on by five-eighth Matt Lloyd, inside centre Nick Henry and Under-19 trio ? second-rower Scott McPherson, centre Phil Austen and breakaway Luke Nunn ? the Pioneers were probably unlucky not to get the points.
But Grafton had more to play for.
Their bonus point victory for scoring four tries, has pushed them into outright third place in front of Ballina and Southern Cross University who both had byes over the weekend.
GRAFTON 28 (M Robinson, P Allen, J Spurway 2 tries; J Landrigan 3, T Dickson conversions) d WOLLONGBAR-ALSTONVILLE 21 (L Nunn, P Austen tries; P Allen 3 penalties, 1 conversion).
Reserve grade: WOLLONGBAR-ALSTONVILLE 28 d GRAFTON 17.
Under-19s: WOLLONGBAR d GRAFTON (forfeit)