IN-FORM: Evan Hickling on the run for the Casino Cougars against the Lower Clarence Magpies.
IN-FORM: Evan Hickling on the run for the Casino Cougars against the Lower Clarence Magpies. Contributed

Cougars roar in for the win

THE Casino RSM Cougars kept their season on a straight and narrow path with a decisive 44-8 win over the lowly placed Lower Clarence Magpies last Sunday.

 

The win takes the McDonalds Pharmacy sponsored first grade Cougars into equal third spot on the ladder at the half-way mark of the competition.

After an early Magpies try, the Cougars responded with five of their own to lead 26- 4 at half-time.

 

With only three competition points separating the teams placed third to seventh, the for and against aggregate could decide finals positions, so every score is vital.

 

In the 'wash up' young winger Jake Roberts crossed twice, as did Brent Scott - Hall.

 

Damien Benn, Corey Torrens, James Roberts and Matty Roberts also notched tries, whilst Corey Torrens kicked six goals.

 

Best for the home side were Evan Hickling, Bryce Patton and Corey Torrens. The players' player was Jake Roberts.

 

The Sarwood Timbers sponsored Reserve Graders got a wake up call when Lower went with them in the first stanza and led at the break.

It took all of the second half for the RSM Cougars to gain the ascendency, grind out a 30-20 victory, and stay at the head of the ladder.

 

Owen Avery was the standout, and the Players' Player. Rodney Collins and Jack Wilder were next best.

 

The 18s had by far their best game of the season eventually going down 34-24. They led 18-14 at oranges and were unlucky with some late decisions.

 

It's a credit to the boys that they are at training every week and give their all.

 

Nic Fuhrmann was the players' player, and Izaak Murphy and Malachi Roberts were not far behind.

 

First grade and 18s head to Mullumbimby on Saturday to test the Giants, whilst on Sunday round robin games between ladies teams of the NRRRL will feature at QE Park.



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