Bombers looking to break away in rankings after Bay game
THE Evans Head Bombers have a chance to jump four points clear in second place if they beat Byron Bay in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League on Friday night.
The Bombers are coming off three straight wins and play Byron Bay in a catch-up game at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay.
Evans were clinical in a 46-6 thrashing of Lower Clarence at the Maclean Showground on Sunday.
It is also a short turnaround for the Magpies who play Ballina in a catch-up game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, tomorrow night.
Kick-off is 7pm with money raised on the night going towards the fund for Zane Purcell, who died in a reserve grade game at the same ground last month.
Elsewhere, Marist Brothers and Cudgen have been the big improvers in recent weeks.
Cudgen has had big wins against Casino and Byron Bay after losing four straight. They ran away with a 30-12 win against Byron Bay at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff, on Sunday.
Casino also got back on track with a 40-22 win against Kyogle at New Park.
Meanwhile, Brothers have clicked into gear with four straight wins against Cudgen, Kyogle, Lower Clarence and Mullumbimby.
They also had four players in the Northern Rivers representative team that played against Riverina in tier 2 of the NSW Country Rugby League Championships in Bathurst at the weekend.
Halfback Paul O'Neill, Lock Jack Durheim, winger Mitchell Krause and teenager Sam Elliott on the bench all played important roles in the team.
Krause was among the try-scorers in the 32-16 loss while Elliott appears destined for bigger things when he follows older brother Max to the Gold Coast Titans.
Murwillumbah had the most players in the team with six of them representing Northern Rivers this year.
Second-rower Jonty Van Der Scheur was the standout, picking up official man-of-the-match honours in a losing effort.
Five Murwillumbah players backed up for the 24-22 win against Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park on Sunday.
There are no games this weekend after Byron hosts Evans. The kick-off for that game is 7.30pm.
Evans Head 12
Northern United 9
Marist Brothers 8
Byron Bay 8
Lower Clarence 4