Rams’ Action Jackson scores against Casino
MARIST Brothers five- eighth TeAte Jackson scored two tries in a brilliant individual performance as the Rams beat Casino 34-10 in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
It was a dominant display from the Rams at Crozier Field in Lismore yesterday, even though they were hammered in the penalty count and not many other decisions went their way.
The second half started with a string of penalties against them before a short delay when Brothers winger Dan Marsh was taken from the field on a stretcher after he was dumped in a big tackle.
Casino were hitting hard in defence but lacked direction and any punch in attack.
There was no way the Cougars were coming back after a massive torpedo kick from Rams centre Chris King hit the goal post and landed perfectly for lock Jack Durheim to score a try, making it 26-4.
Brothers’ fitness looked superior towards the end of each half and it was then a lot of the damage was done.
Jackson found some space for second-rower Lennon Bartlett, who offloaded for centre Mitchell Krause to extend the margin to 30-4.
Repeated penalties and a quick tap saw Casino centre Brent Scott Hall score a try late in the game.
His centre partner Owen Avery always looked threat- ening and scored a try in the first half.
However, the first half belonged to Jackson, with his second try a long-range effort off a set play from the scrum feed.
Bartlett was also a standout for the second week in a row for Brothers along with second-row partner Kyle Kennedy.
The Rams still have plenty of talent on the sideline with fullback David Jacky and second-rower Sio Alefosio to come back into the side.
In other games:
There are now no unbeaten teams after Northern United beat premiers Ballina 20-14 at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
Centre Clarence Kelly, lock Alwyn Roberts and front-rower Les Roberts were standouts for the Dirawongs, who have now won two straight.
The return of lock Pat Rosser was a welcome addition for Cudgen when they beat Evans Head 18-4 at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff.
Byron Bay had its first win of the season, downing Kyogle 30-20 at New Park, Kyogle.
Murwillumbah beat the Tweed Coast Raiders 12-10 in a tough game at Stan Ser- combe Oval, Murwillumbah.