Cudgen defenders try to contain Byron Bay second-rower Joe Gordon in NRRRL at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, on Sunday.
Cudgen defenders try to contain Byron Bay second-rower Joe Gordon in NRRRL at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, on Sunday. Tayla Clorley

Simply the best: Mitch’s top 5 NRRRL players

NORTHERN Star sports editor Mitchell Craig names five of the best players he has seen in the early rounds of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition:

Simon Kelly (Cudgen)

TALENTED front-rower who played a key part in a 21-14 win against his former club Byron Bay on Sunday.

Kelly switched to Cudgen this season and is part of a solid forward pack along with front-row partner Caleb Ziebell and lock Patt Rosser.

It will be a big test for Cudgen this weekend against an in-form Murwillumbah.

Mitchell Krause (Marist Brothers)

CONFIDENT young player who got to move to his preferred position of fullback in the Northern Rivers representative team at the New South Wales Country Championships.

Krause has spent most of his time at centre this season and is a game-breaker for the Rams.

Guy Lanston (Tweed Coast)

POTENT attacking weapon from Tweed Coast who bagged a try-scoring double when Northern Rivers beat North Coast 56-14 at the NSW Country Championships at the weekend.

Lanston is back in the NRRRL this season with the Raiders, returning after a four-year hiatus.

Roy Bell (Casino)

IT HAS been a good week for Roy Bell.

He captained the Northern Rivers for the first time and was among the best in a big win.

His Cougars also bounced back from consecutive losses when they beat Ballina 36-14 on Sunday.

They have a short turnaround now with a home game against Kyogle at Queen Elizabeth Park on Thursday night.

Brett Kelly (Northern United)

IT WAS a big day for Kelly and the Dirawongs on Sunday.

Not only did United win its third straight game 56-10 against Kyogle but they also did it while playing at the upgraded Clifford Park facility at Goonellabah.

LADDER

Marist Brothers 8

Cudgen 8

Murwillumbah 8

Ballina 8

Casino 8

Northern United 6

Tweed Coast 4

Byron Bay 2

Kyogle 0



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