King proves a hit in centres

MARIST Brothers moved to second spot on the NRRRL ladder after fighting off a persistent Evans Head 32-18 at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Saturday.

The win was again tainted for the Rams with playmaker Jake Campbell (fractured eye socket) and centre Dylan Coleman (hand) leaving the field injured.

But from the negative came a positive with Leon King producing his best form of the year after being switched to the centres to cover for Coleman.

“He is one heck of an athlete – one of the best in the competition,” Brothers coach David Krause said of his big utility.

King’s impetus out wide went a long way to deciding the game after Evans Head led into the second half.

The Bombers had an 18-10 advantage with 20 minutes to play but Brothers surged late to steal the victory.

“It was a bit scratchy from us,” Krause said.

“But Evans isn’t a bad side.”

In NRRRL action yesterday:

Kyogle rallied from 24-0 down and scored in the final minute to defeat Lower Clarence 34-28 at Yamba.

Winger Adam Nicholson dived over in the corner with the last play of the match to take the two points and all but consign the defending premiers to the wooden spoon.

But the match wasn’t without its hiccups for the Turkeys.

Halfback Michael Walker was 30 minutes late getting to the ground which had the Turkeys off their game – and outstanding prop Trav Falls was sent from the field late in the second half.

But even with 12 men Kyogle managed to drag themselves back for their first win in six weeks.

Mullumbimby’s season went on to life support when the Grafton Rhinos took the points with an 18-8 win at Mullumbimby.

Scott Hogan’s men must now win their remaining four games to have any hope of reaching the finals.

Grafton Ghosts maintained their stranglehold on the minor premiership with a 44-4 trouncing of Murwillumbah.

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