Seagulls hold early lead against Bombers after losing kicker
BALLINA held off a fast-finishing Evans Head to claim a 20-12 win in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, yesterday.
The Seagulls ran in five tries but could not kick a goal after losing second-rower Dylan Wilson to injury early on.
With the rain tumbling down in the first half, Ballina tried four kickers and even had front-rower Dylan Montgomery attempting a conversion at one point.
It took the Bombers until almost midway through the second half to score, after they trailed 16-0, when second-rower Logan McGeary crossed.
It was game on when a perfectly placed cross-field kick from five-eighth Chris Swan ended up in the arms of centre Fred Pitt to reduce the margin to 16-12 in the 63rd minute.
The way fullback Nathan Walmsley was kicking it seemed like if Evans could grab one more try they might snatch a win.
There was controversy soon after when halfback Trevor Bolt looked to have scored but was ruled to have been held up.
It was a tough call considering there was no one underneath.
Ballina winger Tommy Watkins sealed the win with a try minutes later as Swan was given an early shower for abusing the referee.
Earlier, Ballina centre Jayden Coldwell-Jacky scored a double in the first half.
It was all the Seagulls as lock Kane Montgomery scored down the same side to give Ballina a12-0 lead at half-time.
Five-eighth Tim Foster and the Montgomery brothers were the standouts for Ballina.
In other games yesterday, Murwillumbah edged Marist Brothers 20-16, Northern United crushed Kyogle 50-6 and Byron Bay defeated Lower Clarence 42-10.
On Saturday, Casino ran away with a 56-12 away win over Mullumbimby.