Luck turns as Casino upset Grafton
CASINO Cougars have endured some narrow losses in the early rounds of the NRRRL season but luck finally went their way on Friday night when they edged out Grafton Rhinos 32-30 at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Cougars were their own worst enemies at times, dropping a lot of ball but their commitment pleased coach Troy Johnstone.
“It was a scrappy game but I was happy with the way we got into the arm wrestle,” he said.
Front-rower Jacob Mayer was the Cougars' best with an impressive 80-minute performance.
“He made plenty of metres and was solid in defence,” Johnstone said.
But in a blow to Casino, back-rower Ezi McIntyre will miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury.
The round of upsets continued on Saturday as the high-flying Evans Head Bombers went down 19-8 to Cudgen Hornets at Stan Payne Oval.
The Bombers were without coach Mick Davis but poor ball control against the Hornets cost them following some impressive performances in previous weeks against Grafton Ghosts and Northern United.
Ballina Seagulls' revival is building momentum after their 36-26 win over Lower Clarence at Kingsford Smith Park yesterday.
Forwards Dylan Prestwidge and Matt Connors were the stand-outs.
Defending premiers Grafton Ghosts enjoyed a resounding 54-16 win over Kyogle Turkeys at McGuren Park.
The Turkeys were without in-form halfback Jordan Doolan who was a late withdrawal with the flu and captain Scott Lavell.
“Grafton are the team to beat this year,” Turkeys coach Mark Doolan said.