HARD-HITTING: Casino went down 30-28 Cudgen on the weekend.
HARD-HITTING: Casino went down 30-28 Cudgen on the weekend. Contributed

Casino stung in tit-for-tat

A PENALTY goal to Cudgen with under five minutes to go denied the Casino RSM Cougars their third successive win in the NRRRL round seven clash at Queen Elizabeth Park last Sunday.

 

The Hornets won 30-28 in what was a see sawing game.

 

In a 'tit for tat' try-scoring frenzy in the first stanza, Cudgen went to the half- time break lead of 22-16, but the game was still wide open. The Cougars bounced back to be only two behind when prop Tim James made a rampaging run down the sideline to cross, but a mistake from the kick-off resulted in Cudgen kicking clear again.

 

Anthony Robinson then used some fancy footwork to score and even up the contest, but the late goal gave the visitors the victory.

 

Corey Torrrens was again the Cougars' best, with Dave Ellis and the Players' Player Bryce Patton not far behind.

 

The closeness of this year's competition is indicated in the unpredictability of the scores. This is shown in the points table with only six points separating second place from last. Murwill- umbah leads and the Casino RSM Cougars are fourth.

 

The top-of-the-table clash in Reserve grade saw the Sarwood Timbers sponsored Cougars win 16-10. Both sides were undefeated going into the game, and it looked good for the home side when they led 16-0 at the break.

The Hornets were stung into action after half-time, but the Cougars defended well to grind out the win, even with a player sin binned.

 

Casino was well served by Kevin Willis who was the Players' Player, while Chris McGrath and Harold Torrens were next best.

 

The big Cudgen 18s team ran rough-shod over Casino early in their game, but again the Cougars responded after halftime. However, the final score read 42-10. Izaak Murphy was the Players' Player, with Nic Fuhrmann, Jeremy Torrens and Taine Fraser having good games.

 

The Cougars travel to Kyogle next Sunday to clash with our Turkey friends.



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