Bulls ready to take on Seahorses
CASINO Bulls have been the hard-luck story of this year’s Far North Coast rugby union season.
The Bulls have only two wins from nine starts, but four of those losses have been by 10 points or less.
The team is second last on the Far North Coast rugby union ladder but they cannot be accused of lacking heart.
The Bulls pushed premiers Lennox Head all the way on Saturday before going down 27-17 at Williams Reserve.
They never stopped trying until the final whistle.
What’s more, Bulls’ under-19 players Callum McLennan (second row) and Steve Murchie (centre) stepped up to first grade and made strong impressions.
“It was a close game and we came back strongly in the end,” Casino captain Luke Serone said.
“We peppered their line in the last 10 minutes.”
Serone has been selfless for his side this year – he has played a different position every game and that trend continued on Saturday when he shifted to halfback to cover for regular playmaker Tim Cameron.
Cameron was forced off after five minutes with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks.
The Bulls will take their never-say-attitude into onight’s 7.30pm encounter with Ballina Seahorses at Albert Park.
The second-placed Seahorses present another big challenge for the Bulls.
But Serone believes a healthy home crowd could give his players the impetus to spring an upset.
“We should go alright in front of our supporters,” Serone said.
“Forwards have always been our strength at Casino but we’ve got a good young backline with English import Tom Bishop.
“Tom scored a good 40-metre try against Lennox thanks to a nice ball from Murchie.”
For the in-form Seahorses, Chris Long will captain the team for the first time.
Winger Ben Robinson comes back into the side along with Mitchell Craig who will add some grunt up front.