Headbutt disputed as Brothers win

MARIST BROTHERS claimed the inaugural Denis Meaney Shield and leapfrogged Ballina on the NRRRL ladder with an 18-6 win over the Seagulls in trying circumstances at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Friday night.

The Rams were reduced to 12 men from the 15th minute when Rod McFarlane was sent off for headbutting.

Brothers coach David Krause has since watched the incident on DVD, and although he said he was happy to take the referee’s decision, he was not sure if it was the right one.

“If that was a send-off headbutt then I’m a priest,” Krause said.

“It was a bit less than the Jarryd Hayne one in the NRL a few weeks back so I am confident he (McFarlane) will be okay at the judiciary.”

Leading 10-0 at the time, Krause said the game plan went out the window and it all became about survival.

“To keep them to one try with 12 men was impressive – the best part of the win,” he said.

Dylan Coleman, Brendan Brooke, Luke Pettit and Simon Andrews all grabbed four-pointers for the home side, but it was Coleman who came in for some special praise.

“I have known Dylan for a long time and he has always played at a high level, but this, right now, is as good as I have seen from him,” Krause said.

In NRRRL action on Saturday:

Evans Head fell just short of a win again, overrun by Grafton Rhinos 28-22 at McKittrick Park, South Grafton.

The Bombers have now lost four games by six points or less, leaving captain Tim Tredigo broken.

“It’s getting pretty disappointing,” Tredigo said.

“To keep getting so close but no result starts to hurt after a while.”

His Bombers were again courageous with Jack Wythes and Drew Tebbutt outstanding.

Enigmatic halfback Anthony Robinson lit up the crowd with an 80-metre intercept try but it just wasn’t enough.

“The whole game was a positive for us,” Tredigo said.

“The losses are not through lack of effort, everyone is putting in, and we just need a bit of luck to get a breakthrough.”

Casino surrendered a 12-point lead on their home turf to go down 25-22 at the hands of Tweed Coast.

The Cougars led 16-10 at the break and scored first in the second half but threw away the game, according to club president Brad Birney.

“We were terrible; we should have won the game,” Birney said.

“Lack of discipline is what cost us.”

Handling errors were the main problem for the Cougars as they chased a hat-trick of wins.

“I reckon we only got to our kick five times all game,” Birney said. “Some of the boys are pretty embarrassed by the performance.”

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