Poor Devils smashed in NRRRL
TWEED Coast is on top of the ladder and will be a premiership threat after a 42-0 demolition of Byron Bay in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Les Burger Field, Cabarita, yesterday.
The Raiders returned to the NRRRL last year and look even better this season with a skilful and well- rounded side.
Co-captains Drew Lanston and Dan Willoughby scored tries for Tweed Coast while halfback Blake Ghosn also crossed.
The Red Devils have plenty of work to do and struggled against a bigger and more determined Tweed Coast outfit.
Byron Bay halves Matt Hundy and Corey McGrady looked likely at times but they struggled to get any momentum in the forwards.
They were already lacking size in the pack and it didn't help when starting front- rower Wally Andrews left the field early with concussion and did not return.
Willoughby asked plenty of questions at hooker and there was no coming back for Byron once he strolled over from dummy-half to make it 26-0.
The home crowd had plenty to cheer about in the second half with five tries including long-range efforts from winger Lanston and Jimmy Armstrong.
In other games:
Marist Brothers proved too strong for the previously unbeaten Ballina 18-4 at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday night.
Ballina struggled for direction without hooker Andrew Battese and finished the game without centre Dan Gibson and fullback Brett Kelly.
However, the Rams always looked the sharper of the two sides with second- rowers Kyle Kennedy and Jake Hoban leading the way.
Both scored tries in the second half while five-eighth Te Ate Jackson and hooker Paul O'Neill also played well.
Evans Head had a determined 16-14 win over Casino at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head on Saturday.
Cudgen beat Murwillumbah 32-10 in the grand final rematch at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff.
Mullumbimby beat the Lower Clarence Magpies 32-30 at the Yamba Sports Complex.