Injuries can't stop the Brothers from winning
INJURIES in the first half could not stop Marist Brothers from running away with a 26-10 win over Northern United in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Crozier Field in Lismore yesterday.
Brothers lost winger Greg Talu with a leg injury and centre Brayden Vickery also left the field injured.
Vickery looked the goods early, scoring a long-range try and a second soon after from a one-on-one strip.
He converted both tries as the Rams took a 12-0 lead.
Front-rower Darryl Butcher went to the blood bin after splitting his head open in a collision with an opposition player.
He returned to the field and put in his usual whole-hearted performance to help get his side the points.
"It was an ugly win with lots of injuries out of it so we'll have to regroup now," Brothers coach Adam Mayes said.
"We lost a couple of outside backs and that's probably a big reason things got a bit sloppy on our behalf.
"They were probably a bit similar, walking wounded and missing a few players."
The Dirawongs fielded a young side missing Andrew Walker, Les Roberts, Fred Pitt and a handful of other regular first-graders.
Lock Don Walker scored a try in the 39th minute to make it 16-10 before United were kept scoreless in the second half.
In other games:
Kyogle and Murwillum-bah played a 22-all draw at Kyogle.
Byron Bay beat Casino 34-28 at Red Devil Park.
Evans Head had a 32-26 home win over the Lower Clarence Magpies.
Ballina beat Mullumbimby 42-22 at Mullum.