Casino Cougars lock Hayden Pratt on the run against Mullumbimby in NRRRL last weekend.
Casino Cougars lock Hayden Pratt on the run against Mullumbimby in NRRRL last weekend. Brian Olive

Hayden's hair turning heads in NRRRL

IT could be his man-bun hairstyle but there is no denying Casino Cougars lock Hayden Pratt is turning some heads in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League this season.

Pratt, 20, has sported the haircut since the start of the year and has been one of Cougars' best players as they surge towards the semi-finals.

Casino can go a long way to cementing a spot in the top five when they take on Evans Head at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, today.

"There is no real story behind it (man-bun) but I have been told a few times to cut it off," Pratt said.

"I'm an easy target for the opposition to taunt but it seems to be working for me so I might keep it."

Hairstyles aside, Pratt has all the makings of a lock and is also a talented hooker who can cover a number of positions.

He is a Kyogle junior and slipped through the cracks at the Turkeys after winning two Under-18 premierships.

"I had a bit of a falling out at Kyogle but I still have a lot of good friends there," Pratt said.

"I'm a builder and I started working in Casino late last year so it all came about from there."

He has had big shoes to fill, taking the jersey of injured captain Damien Benn, and has been a welcome addition to the forward pack along with second-rower Tim Ring.

Benn had back surgery and won't return this season so the arrival of Pratt could not have come at a better time for coach Brett Loy.

"He hasn't said anything but I hope the coach is happy with me," Pratt said.

"This is probably the best I have ever played and I'm really comfortable in this team.

"We've won a lot of games by two to four points and Evans Head will be another tough one.

"I'm confident in this team but we need to keep winning games so we get a decent spot in the finals."

Kick-off is 2.45pm.

In other games:

Ballina host Marist Brothers in a top-of-the-table clash at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, tomorrow.

Byron Bay takes on the Tweed Coast Raiders at Byron Bay.

Mullumbimby hosts the Lower Clareance Magpies.

Murwillumbah is up against the Cudgen Hornets at Murwillumbah tonight.

Kyogle has the bye.



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