Marist Brothers’ Leon King crashes his way through the Northern United defence in the NRRRL game at Crozier Field, Lismore yesterday. United won 34-24.
Marist Brothers’ Leon King crashes his way through the Northern United defence in the NRRRL game at Crozier Field, Lismore yesterday. United won 34-24. Marc Stapelberg

Kelly triple helps floor Giants

A HAT-TRICK of tries to Ballina five-eighth Brett Kelly signalled that the Seagulls might be an NRRRL premiership force again after a 38-12 victory over Mullumbimby at Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby yesterday.

The Giants were always going to struggle after Ballina jumped out to a 24-6 lead at half-time.

"We're not the biggest team in the competition but we're fit and fast," Seagulls coach Greg Barnes said.

"I'm not getting too excited yet and our second half was pretty poor.

"They had all the ball in the second half but out goal-line defence was pretty good."

He named prop Dean French, lock Alwyn Roberts and fullback Ben Robinson as his best.

Murwillumbah was at their clinical best in a 23-10 win over Byron Bay Red Devils at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah, yesterday.

"Our forwards laid the platform and we really rolled our sleeves up in the second half," Murwillumbah coach Troy McLean said.

Evans Head centre Gary Wimbus bagged a double when the Bombers defeated the Casino Cougars 26-10 at Stan Payne Oval on Saturday.

"We dominated the first half and it was a good effort," Bombers vice-president Brad Mayes said.

"We were up 14-6 at half-time and the scoreline probably doesn't reflect how good we were."

He named captain Tim Tregidgo and prop Al Campbell as standouts.

Kyogle Turkeys kick-started their season with a hard-fought 28-20 win against Lower Clarence at the Maclean Showground.

Centre Jone Macilai scored a brace of tries as the Turkeys led 12-10 at half-time.

"We lost the lead and had to fight back for the win in the end," captain-coach Cameron Mulchay said.

"It's always good to get a win away from home first up and we've set the goal to win our first four games."

Winger Lachlan Crawter was solid on debut with lock Ryan Daley and second-rower Donny Walker among their best.



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