Byron Bay??s Corey Bond tackles Brothers?? Luke Campbell at Oakes Oval.
Byron Bay??s Corey Bond tackles Brothers?? Luke Campbell at Oakes Oval.

Oh Brother, it was awful


IF YOU see David Krause getting around Lismore wearing a wig this week, it??s because he was pulling his hair out during his side??s Retravision Northern League clash with Byron Bay yesterday.

And the fact his side lost 18-14 to the Red Devils at Oakes Oval, Lismore, is only half the story.

Brothers started the game strongly and went into half-time leading 14-12 after the sides had traded soft tries in the first 40 minutes, but it was their second-half performance which had Krause shaking his head in disbelief.

The Rams made 10 turnovers in the second half, completed only half their sets of six and gave away three penalties.

Byron Bay were just as bad ?V the only difference in the second half stats was the Red Devils giving away one less penalty ?V but they won so their coach, Vince Nicklin, wasn??t as bothered.

??We just gave them the game today,?? Krause said. ??I thought we dominated them in the forwards and got ourselves in good positions but we just gave them that game today, no doubt at all.

??We went into today for a tough grind-out game and we got them early and were on top doing that, then all of a sudden our players got bored with that style of things.

??The game today was a case of who wanted to lose it more and unfortunately we did.??

But there were bright spots for Brothers with forwards Luke Scott and Des Maher continuing their great start to the season.

While conceding they obviously had aspects of their game to work on, Nicklin wasn??t as concerned about the performance of his side.

??It wasn??t great but it was good to come away with the win,?? he said.

??I wasn??t happy with our slide defence, a couple of times our wingers didn??t adjust and our mistake rate is one of the areas we also need to address.

??We seem to go into a lull and fall into a mistake- riddled 20 minutes and we have to learn to keep our heads up and play our way out of that. ??But apart from that I was pretty happy.?? ?z Seagulls fly high BALLINA Seagulls halfback Willie Hammond played a starring role in his side??s 27-16 win over the Lower Clarence Magpies at Maclean yesterday.

Hammond scored three tries and missed only one shot at goal as Ballina overran the previously undefeated Magpies. Coach Chris Binge said Hammond was the undoubted star for his side.

??He was outstanding for us,?? Binge said. ??He gave us the direction we needed around the park and put us in a really good position to capitalise down their end of the park.??

Binge has been saying all season that his side was yet to hit their straps ?V until yesterday.

??I??ve been saying it??s only a matter of time before we clicked and I??m glad it happened today,?? he said.

??The win was set up with the way we went out and stuck to our game plan.

??We completed our sets and held on to the football a lot more. It??s a simple thing; if you hold on to the football you??ll win 90 per cent of your games.?? ?z Kyogle notch first win A 25-MINUTE injury delay wasn??t enough to throw the Kyogle Turkeys off their game as they beat South Grafton 34-24 at Kyogle.

An ambulance had to be called for Rebels player Abbie Roberts after he seriously injured a shoulder late in the second half, but the Turkeys were able to switch on after the disruption and secure their first win of the season.

Kyogle coach Wayne Lollback said it wasn??t a good performance but they would take the win.

??It wasn??t pretty but I??m happy we got the points,?? he said.

??We struggled a bit in the second half, our ball control wasn??t there but we??re just starting to get few combinations together.

??Lock Gabe Bootha played well and five-eighth Gary Roberts was our best and fairest.

??It was a bit of a mistake-riddled game but I think now things will hopefully fall into shape and we can build on that.?? ?z Giants stand tall A STUNNING second-half fight back from Mullumbimby Giants has given them a 26-6 win over South Tweed in Mullum on Saturday night.

Trailing 6-2 at half-time and with less than 13 fit players the Giants were up against it, but they rallied to produce their best game of the year.

Coach Damon Scott said it was a courageous win. ??We lost a few players through injury but the boys dug deep and showed a lot of heart,?? he said.

??We only had one reserve after the first half and a few blokes playing with injuries that should have come off but they showed a lot of character and pride to really hang in there.??

??I said at half-time that it was going to be a real arm- wrestle and we would have to be patient, keep working hard and the win would come.

??Brett Archibald was one of our best players and Travis Drought, who??s a young fella, also played well and Paul Latta??s experience at centre was invaluable.?? ?z Other results IN other games, Murwillumbah piled more misery on the Grafton Ghosts with a 36-12 win at Grafton, while Tweed Coast smashed the Cudgen Hornets 58-26 at Cabarita.

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