MURWILLUMBAH second-rower Tim James scored two tries and was the best on the field when the Mustangs beat the Casino Cougars 54-4 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, yesterday.
The Mustangs were too big and too fast across the park and ran in 10 tries to the Cougars' one.
James was almost impossible to contain and dragged players over the try line with him both times.
"He's a big thing and we try to use him on the edges as much as we can," Murwillumbah coach Troy McLean said.
"Apart from our hooker, all the forwards are over 100kg.
"Tim is about 122kg and the boys are all big and mobile.
"We're forward orientated and play off the back of that."
Winger Troy McCarthur had a busy afternoon and was rewarded with two tries.
Cougars halfback Matt Roberts asked plenty of questions with his kicking game but it was nullified by some individual brilliance from Mustangs fullback Dylan Smith.
"Our back three were sound and we're lucky to have some pace out wide," McLean said.
"We thought it could be a real danger game coming over here but I'm really proud of how the boys aimed up."
The Mustangs were without three of their best with second-rower Luke Covell, centre Michael Keating and lock Shawn Dorney missing the game through injury.
Cougars winger Ben Birney gave the home crowd something to cheer about when he crossed the line out wide late in the game.
Lock Damian Benn tried hard and made some good runs down the right edge.
The Cougars will be the first to have Mad Monday this year with two games to go before a bye in the last round of the competition.
Murwillumbah 54 (T James 2, Troy McCarthur 2, D Smith, C Howell, S Panting, Michael Forrester, L Murphy, J Flick tries; M Goodfellow 7 goals) d Casino 4 (B Birney try)
Ladder: Murwillumbah 24, Grafton Ghosts 20, Ballina 20, Northern United 19, Byron Bay 18, Evans Head 14, Marist Brothers 12, Kyogle 12, Casino 6, Mullumbimby 5, Lower Clarence 4.