Marist Brothers in fine form
JUMPIN' Jacks – Durheim and Woods – combined for four tries as Marist Brothers belted Murwillumbah 38-18 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League action at Crozier Field, Lismore, yesterday.
Durheim – the youngest on the park at 17 – and Woods – who wouldn't have looked out of place on a lightweight in the Murwillumbah Cup yesterday – showed that where one Jack goes, the other should follow.
Woods, the hooker, laid on two first-half tries for his lock, Durheim, with the teenager returning the favour after the break.
The pair showed that the ball is never dead, and time and again got offloads away as the defensive line retreated before their job was complete.
Five-eighth Jake Campbell put on a masterful display in steering the ship while captain Simon Andrews was close to unstoppable up front.
The Rams bumbled their way to a 16-12 half-time lead but were a different team in the second stanza as they ran the Mustangs off their feet.
Coach David Krause was particularly impressed with the second-half defence where, with the result beyond doubt, Murwillumbah continually challenged the line only to be turned away empty-handed.
“I kept sending messages out that we didn't want them having any consolation tries and the boys responded,” Krause said.
Murwillumbah had no less than five scoring chances in the closing stages but the Rams' defence held strong.
After conceding the first try, Brothers hit back with a freak try to offloading prop Darryl Butcher.
Butcher managed a charge-down as the Mustangs looked to clear the ball on halfway and the big prop outsprinted the rest to get to the loose ball, scoop it up and plant it down under the cross-bar.
The Rams are now outright second on the NRRRL ladder with Cudgen going down to Rhinos.
Krause's men travel to Casino to take on the Cougars next weekend before they face the sternest test in the league at home against the undefeated Grafton Ghosts.
MARIST BROTHERS 38 (Woods 2, Durheim 2, Butcher, Brooke, King tries; McCaffery 5 goals) d MURWILLUMBAH 18 (Forrester, Maher, Jordan tries; Forrester 3 goals).