VICTORIOUS: Josh Sleba on the run for Cudgen against Northern United in NRRRL at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Sunday. The Hornets won 36-18.
VICTORIOUS: Josh Sleba on the run for Cudgen against Northern United in NRRRL at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Sunday. The Hornets won 36-18. Mireille Merlet

Hornets flying up NRRRL ranks with third straight win

CUDGEN could be the dark horse of the competition after its third straight win in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at the weekend.

The Hornets had a 36-18 win against Northern United at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Sunday.

They are currently sixth on the ladder but have now beaten United and Casino who are both ahead of them.

The Dirawongs are on a slippery slope, having lost its last three and with Cudgen, Byron and Marist Brothers nipping at their heels.

Two points from the bye this weekend could see Cudgen jump as high as third on the ladder.

Cudgen returned to the NRRRL this season for the first time since 2011.

Halfback Jake Sands has been a standout in the competition and has played a big part in making them a contender.

Second-rower Josh Sleba and prop Shannon Green have been strong and both played in the Northern Rivers team at the NSW Country Championships in Bathurst this year.

In other games, Byron Bay was made to work for a 32-22 win over Kyogle at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay.

Kyogle lock Marshall Leisha led the Turkeys to a second half fightback after trailing 20-0 at halftime.

Leisha scored two tries as the Turkeys fought back to a 20-18 deficit.

However, it wasn't enough as the Red Devils produced another two tries to seal the win.

Elsewhere, Casino jumped into fourth spot after a convincing 44-8 win against Lower Clarence at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Evan Hickling, Corey Torrens and Bryce Patton were the standouts for the Cougars.

Meanwhile, Ballina were all smiles after an 18-10 win against Marist Brothers on Saturday night which saw them retain the Denis Meaney Shield. It became a memorial shield after Meaney died in 2011.

His grandkids played together in the game for the first time with Jay bagging double on the wing and Nick scoring one from the centres.

Evans Head are now four points clear in second place after thumping Mullumbimby 52-6 at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, on Saturday.

The Bombers could find themselves on top of the ladder if they beat Ballina and competition leaders Murwillumbah in coming weeks.

 

LADDER

Murwillumbah 17

Evans Head 16

Ballina 12

Casino 12

Northern United 11

Cudgen 10

Byron Bay 10

Marist Brothers 8

Kyogle 4

Mullumbimby 4

Lower Clarence 4



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