Mullum takes points

MULLUMBIMBY won’t be in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League top five but they won their ‘grand final’ yesterday by beating bitter rivals Byron Bay 22-20.

“That was our last goal for the season – to knock Byron out of the finals,” Giants coach Scott Hogan said.

“That was our grand final and we won, so we are celebrating.”

Hogan invited Giants team of the century members Peter Abbott and Nick Ciani to present the jerseys to his men before the match and he reckons it made the difference.

“Hearing those blokes speak about Giants passion brought a tear to the eye,” he said.

Byron miraculously had Clarence Kelly’s six-match ban scrapped in time for him to take the field but he failed to spark the Red Devils to victory.

Halfback Sam Barnes had a shot at goal to tie the match after the siren but couldn’t raise the touch judges’ flags.

Byron Bay must now win their remaining games, against Ballina and Tweed Coast, to have even a mathamatical chance of qualifying for the finals.

Ballina, meanwhile, kept their season rolling with a 32-20 victory over Evans Head.

The win lifts the Seagulls back into the top five with two rounds to play.

Casino put a massive dent in the Grafton Rhinos’ finals chances, overturning a 20-10 half-time deficit to run away 36-20 victors.

Sefa Silafau ran riot for the Cougars with another try-scoring double while centre Ross Pedrini had an outstanding game.

It was a special day for the club as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of its most recent premiership – ironically the Cougars upset the Rhinos on the same day last year.

The Rhinos dropped out of the top five on for and against with the loss – they are tied on 18 points with Brothers, who were lapped by cross-town rivals Northern United 32-0.

Kyogle had its first loss in three weeks, 28-24 to Murwillumbah, but will be pumped up for the local derby against Casino.

Cudgen remained inside the five with a scrappy 24-12 win over Tweed Coast while Grafton Ghosts stayed unbeaten with a 58-0 drubbing of Lower Clarence.



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