WET AND WILD: Evans Head centre Fred Pitt battling in wet and muddy conditions in NRRRL against Ballina on Sunday.
WET AND WILD: Evans Head centre Fred Pitt battling in wet and muddy conditions in NRRRL against Ballina on Sunday. Mireille Merlet

Mustangs look to strengthen lead with a win over Bombers

MURWILLUMBAH could go a long way towards securing the minor premiership with a win over Evans Head in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League this weekend.

The Mustangs are still undefeated after a hard-fought 20-16 win against Marist Brothers at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah, on Sunday.

If they can beat the Bombers in the top-of-the-table clash at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, on Saturday it would put a five point buffer between first and second place on the ladder.

However, Evans Head are a different beast at home and will be stinging after its 20-12 loss against Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, at the weekend.

The Bombers gave Ballina too much start, trailing 16-0 at one point.

Ballina or Casino could leapfrog Evans Head into second place with a win this weekend.

"That was a tough one for us but we'll take some positives out of it," Evans Head coach Luke Turner said.

"We just didn't adapt to the wet conditions as well as we should have.

"It's a tough little run for us now but we're keen for Murwillumbah.

"The minor premiership isn't the biggest thing for us; we're aiming for a top three finish.

"We're pretty much at full strength now and I'll expect the boys to lift at home."

Elsewhere, Northern United found its spark at the weekend in a 50-6 win against Kyogle at New Park.

Fullback Brett Kelly scored a hat-trick while the Turkeys injury woes continued.

The game had to be stopped and an ambulance was called when Kyogle second-rower Marshall Leisha went down with a broken leg.

It finished under lights while Leisha had to have surgery yesterday.

In other games, Byron Bay thumped Lower Clarence 42-10 at the Yamba Sports Complex.

And Casino beat Mullumbimby 56-12 at Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby.

 

LADDER

  • Murwillumbah 19
  • Evans Head 16
  • Casino 14
  • Ballina 14
  • Northern United 13
  • Byron Bay 12
  • Cudgen 12
  • Marist Brothers 8
  • Kyogle 4
  • Mullumbimby 4
  • Lower Clarence 4


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