Lismore City take a win over SCU

STRONG RUN: Lismore City No 8 Laau Solomona charges into the Southern Cross University defence during the Far North Coast rugby union game at Maurie Ryan Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.BELOW: The Gold Rats’ Tim Breen runs the ball.
STRONG RUN: Lismore City No 8 Laau Solomona charges into the Southern Cross University defence during the Far North Coast rugby union game at Maurie Ryan Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.BELOW: The Gold Rats’ Tim Breen runs the ball. Marc Stapelberg

LISMORE City had its first win of the season 39-17 in the local derby against Southern Cross University in Far North Coast rugby union at Maurie Ryan Oval, Lismore.

Fullback Dean Wilson bagged a try-scoring double on Saturday as City ran in seven tries.

Wilson has been a shining light this season with the Greens in a tough rebuilding phase.

In other games, Ballina remain unbeaten after a 32-7 win over Lennox Head at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head.

Five-eighth Grant Knight scored in the opening minutes and was relentless again.

The Trojans tried their best to contain him but were outmuscled by the Ballina forwards.

Flanker Andrew Burke scored a try from a pushover scrum just before half-time for Ballina to take a 15-0 lead into the break.

Lennox lost five-eighth Adam Gordon early in the second half with a head knock.

It was the final nail in the coffin when winger Luke Watling charged down a kick and it bounced into his hands for an easy try under the cross-bar.

Halfback Harry Witt was the home side's best player and scored a consolation try near the end.

Best for Ballina were No 8 Chris Long, second-rower Todd Grono and Knight.

Ballina is now on top of the ladder in all three grades.

Elsewhere, Wollongbar-Alstonville produced a 24-10 win over Byron Bay at the Byron BayRecreation Ground.

Winger Vinnie Leatigaga added another 14 points to his season tally with a try, three conversions and a penalty goal.

Leatigaga scored 35 individual points against Casino last week.

And Grafton grinded out a 9-8 win in a dour affair against Bangalow at Grafton Rugby Park.

The Rebels led 8-3 at half-time with the only points in the second half coming from penalty goals to Grafton flanker Paul Cameron.

Wollongbar host SCU in a catch-up game on Thursday night. There will be no games next weekend.

 

FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD

Lismore 39 (Dean Wilson 2, Ben Briggs, Dallas Flanagan, Chris Clark, Cody Johnston, Anthony Robinson tries, Zac Hyatt 2 conversions) d Southern Cross University 17 (Michael McMullen, Aidan Butler tries, Michael McMullen 2 conversions, penalty goal). Half-time: 22-10.

Ballina 32 (Grant Knight, Andrew Burke, Luke Watling, Joel McElroy tries, Grant Knight 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals) d Lennox Head 7 (Harry Witt try, Connor Winchester conversion). Half-time: 15-0.

Wollongbar-Alstonville 24 (Vinnie Leatigaga , Bill Johnston, Ben Damen tries, Vinnie Leataigaga 3 conversions, penalty goal) d Byron Bay 10 (Harvey Bell try, Sion King conversion, penalty goal). Half-time: Wollongbar 10-3.

Grafton 9 (Paul Cameron 3 penalty goals) d Bangalow 8 (Matt Morgan try, penalty goal). Half-time: Bangalow 8-3.

Bye: Casino.

Pointscore: Ballina 30, Wollongbar-Alstonville 24, Byron Bay 20, Lennox Head 17, Grafton 14, Bangalow 13, Lismore 7, SCU 5, Casino 0.

Reserve grade: Grafton 33 d Bangalow 0, Evans River 17 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 12, Ballina 14 d Lennox Head 7, Casino 33 d Murwillumbah 24, Yamba 21 d Lismore 15.

President's Cup: Grafton 26 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 21, Ballina 14 d Mullumbimby 3, Kyogle 29 d Lismore 19.



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