Marist Brothers let it slip in Northern Rugby League clash
By ADRIAN MILLER
DAVID Krause sounds like a broken record again but it's his side that is to blame.
The Marist Brothers Rams went down 24-22 to the Tweed Coast Raiders at Bogangar on Saturday night in their Retravision Northern League clash and, once again, it was only a 20-minute period that cost them victory.
Up 12-0 after only 15 minutes, the Rams looked the goods against a Raiders side desperate to remain in touch with the top five, but as they have done so often this year, Brothers let the opposition back in.
Four unanswered tries to the Raiders in 20 minutes took them out to a 24-12 half-time lead, an advantage they didn't surrender.
Krause said his side had again let the opposition back into a game.
"We dominated for long periods of but there was just a 20-minute period in the first half that we let them get on a roll," he said.
"We let ourselves down in defence a little during that time.
"They scored a try from a grubber and a 90-metre intercept, so they had some opportunistic scores, but you can make your own luck and we let ourselves down."
Even though they lost, Krause said it wasn't all doom and gloom.
"Both teams scored four tries, so it's not like they outplayed us," he said.
"I thought the effort of our forwards Luke Scott, Brett Spears and Tim Green was outstanding, and Mark Sivewright also had a good game.
"They were probably the best side we've played all year and I don't think there will be many teams beating them at home."
MULLUMBIMBY destroyed Grafton Ghosts 62-8 at Mullumbimby on Saturday night, with Chad Grant scoring a hat-trick of tries, but it will be an anxious wait for the club this week after two of their key players were sent off.
After Ghosts left half of their first- grade side at home, the match was little more than a training run for the Giants, but it could be remembered more for what happens at the judiciary this week than what happened on Saturday.
Key big-man Brett Whitton and five-eighth Travis Drought were sent off, making for a nervous wait in the lead-up to the crucial match against Marist Brothers next weekend.
Whitton was sent off in the first half for an alleged kick, while Drought was given his marching orders 20 minutes from full-time for retaliating to an alleged high shot.
Mullum coach Damon Scott said the judiciary hearings would not be the best preparation for the match against Brothers, but he was happy with the way his side responded to the setbacks
"We put a few points on them with only 12 players and then we scored three or four tries when we only had 11 so it was good to see the boys hold their nerve," he said.
Kyogle, Casino and Byron Bay win
THE Kyogle Turkeys yesterday turned around a disappointing series of performances with an upset victory over South Tweed at New Park, Kyogle.
The Turkeys went in as underdogs after only one win for the year had them placed in 11th position but they overran their more fancied rivals 20-16.
The Turkeys jumped out to an early 18-4 lead and looked the better side, but had to withstand a late fightback from the Bears, who could have claimed a spot in the top five with a win.
Casino RSM registered their second win a row, this time 28-14 over Cudgen at Queen Elizabeth Park yesterday.
It takes them to 10 points and only one game out of the top five.
Byron Bay bounced back into the winners' circle with a 54-12 thumping of the South Grafton Rebels at Grafton.
In a match they never looked like losing, the Bay put the hapless Rebels to the sword and consolidated fourth spot on the ladder.
In the other game, Lower Clarence beat Murwillumbah 32-14.