TRY TIME: Dave Ellis heads in for one of his two tries against Marist Brothers.
TRY TIME: Dave Ellis heads in for one of his two tries against Marist Brothers.

Cougars' Ellis makes himself at home at Brothers' goal posts

CASINO centre Dave Ellis looked right at home when he scored two tries in a 30-14 win over Marist Brothers in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Crozier Field in Lismore on Sunday.

Ellis is one of many local players who have returned to the club this season.

"Dave gave it away about five years ago but he came back in the pre-season and has been really handy for us," Casino coach Troy McLean said.

"He was enormous today and it's good to get all the local boys here wanting to be part of it."

Trailing 8-6, the Cougars stepped it up when Ellis scored his first out wide.

He later found space before handing off for winger Brent Hall to score, making it 16-8 at half-time.

Some razzle dazzle from Roy Bell and Anthony Robinson later helped Ellis over for his second try.

Winger Kevin Torrens was next to score, making it a double for him, before hooker Chad Taylor crossed for a sneaky try from dummy-half.

Brothers were missing some outside backs and some of their forwards were playing out of position.

It didn't help when they lost Leon King early in the second half.

The Cougars had injury concerns of their own and kicked only one goal from the seven tries scored.

"That's one of our biggest efforts of the season with five regular first-graders missing," McLean said.

"It was a convincing win in the end and I couldn't be prouder of the boys."

In other games, Byron Bay continued its good form with a 36-18 win over competition leaders Murwillumbah.

Centre Bill King was a handful with two intercept tries helping the Red Devils to an 18-6 lead midway through the first half of the game at Byron Bay.

Prop Simon Kelly scored just before half-time to give the home team a commanding 24-6 lead.

The Red Devils are the only team to have beaten Murwillumbah this year.

The Mustangs had a 22-all draw with Kyogle last weekend and are now just one point clear of Ballina on the ladder.

Meanwhile, Ballina registered another solid win with a 42-20 effort against Evans Head at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Northern United had a hard-fought 24-22 win over Mullumbimby at Mullumbimby yesterday

And Kyogle belted Lower Clarence Magpies 98-4 at New Park, Kyogle.

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