Eager Bombers finally win one
RELIEF was the feeling when Evans Head ground out a 10-6 win over Mullumbimby on Saturday in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
The Bombers have found numerous ways to lose this season – four of their defeats have been by six points or less – and they almost found another after building a 10-0 lead.
With just five minutes remaining, a poor pass gifted the Giants their first try and moments later another dropped ball gave the Giants one last attacking chance.
Captain Tim Tregidgo had his heart in his mouth as the play unfolded with only seconds on the clock.
“Mullum put up a bomb that came down right on our try-line,” he said.
“We've dropped it and it looked like they would score but luckily for us Mullum knocked on.”
When the siren sounded, it was party time for Evans Head, which has had a horribly unlucky season.
“It took us a while, but we got there,” he said.
Tregidgo was again stunned by the showing of the glue in his forward pack, Jack Wythes.
“Defensively, you won't find a better player anywhere,” he said.
“Week in, week out, he keeps producing at an amazing level.”
Ballina returned to the winners' circle after a fortnight long absence with a nail-biting 22-18 win over Casino at Ballina on Saturday.
The Seagulls' mobile forward pack put the men in blue on the front foot from go as they shot out to a 22-0 lead before Casino came fighting back.
Alex Johnson scored on half-time to give the Cougars hope going into the sheds and when Ballina spilt the ball from the restart Matt Roberts wasted no time bringing the score back to 22-12 with a try and conversion.
After scoring their third try through Adrian Robson, Casino attacked for the final 15 minutes – they even had a shot at a 12-man defensive line after Ben Crawford was sent to the sin-bin for dissent – but couldn't crack it.
Coach Dene Petty was disappointed to lose, but went home heartened.
“We really should have won,” he said. “But it was a huge turnaround; when we went down 22-0 early I thought we might have been in for a hiding, so it was a top effort.”