Local league?s pecking order
By STEVE SPINKS
MARIST Brothers has finished as the highest-placed local team after the final round of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at the weekend.
Brothers, who finished third, defeated arch rivals Ballina 34-16 to book a home semi-final against Mullumbimby next Sunday.
The Brethren were hoping for results to go their way so they could finish in the top two, but Murwillumbah held on to defeat Cudgen 43-34 to cement second position.
Mullum's massive 80-4 thrashing of Byron Bay on Saturday night was not enough to turn percentages in their favour after they finished equal fifth with Ballina.
However, it could result in the Giants' favour.
Taking on Marist Brothers in Lismore seems an easier proposition than travelling north to take on Cudgen at Cudgen.
With the new final-six format, the top two teams, Tweed Seagulls and Mur-willumbah, will have this weekend off.
Brothers (3rd) will host Mullumbimby (6th), while Cudgen (4th) will take on Ballina (5th).
The two losers from this weekend will be eliminated.
The following week will see Tweed Heads Seagulls take on Murwillumbah in the major semi-final with the two winners from this weekend's semi-finals playing off in the minor semi.