Rugby League: Corey the Cougar cuts up Mustangs
CASINO five-eighth Corey Torrens produced a scintillating second half when the Cougars beat Murwillumbah 22-16 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, yesterday.
He scored two tries and set up the match-winner when a deft kick ended up in the arms of hard-working centre Brent Scott Hall, who finished with a double.
It was a busy afternoon for Torrens. He moved into the halves from fullback to replace Roy Bell, who did not take the field.
Torrens scored his first try when a loose pass from five-eighth Damian Quinn hit the ground and Torrens toed the ball ahead, getting the perfect bounce as the Cougars fought back to a 10-8 deficit.
The Mustangs' discipline cost them when they gave away a penalty while in possession of the ball for giving referee Peter O'Connor a spray.
Some slicks hands saw the ball delivered out wide from the ensuring play with Cougars centre Owen Avery crossing to give the home side a 14-10 lead.
It looked like that advantage would be short- lived when Murwillumbah halfback Wayde Kelly stole the ball in a one-on-one strip and raced away to the tryline, only to be called back and penalised.
Murwillumbah did have some luck soon after when front-rower Remi Vignau dropped the ball close to the tryline.
It went unnoticed, with hooker Sam O'Dea scoring two plays later to put the Mustangs back in front 16-14.
However, the afternoon belonged to the Cougars as they scored back-to-back tries to claim their second win to start the season.
Lock Damien Benn put in a herculean effort in the forwards while hooker Chad Taylor was a handful out of dummy-half.
Earlier, it was the Mustangs who looked the most likely with second- rower Jone Macilai breaking tackles down the left edge.
He scored the first try and looked to put winger Jack Bishop over only for it to be ruled a forward pass.
Bishop eventually scored a try to give the Mustangs a 10-4 lead at halftime.
CASINO 22 ( B Scott Hall 2, C Torrens 2, O Avery tries; Torrens goal) d MURWILLUM- BAH 16 ( J Macilai, J Bishop, S O'Dea tries; T McIntosh 2 goals).
In other NRRRL games:
- Marist Brothers had a convincing 42-16 win over Northern United in the Lismore derby at Crozier Field on Saturday.
- Ballina belted Kyogle 38-0 at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
- The Evans Head Bombers had a 22-12 away win against Byron Bay.