WINNING FEELING: Tweed Coast lock Connor Hickey goes over for a try which sealed a 24-4 win over Ballina in the NRRRL grand final.
WINNING FEELING: Tweed Coast lock Connor Hickey goes over for a try which sealed a 24-4 win over Ballina in the NRRRL grand final. Ursula Bentley@CapturedAus

NRRRL STARS: Every player rated for grand final performance

BALLINA SEAGULLS

Alex Grant, 8: He looked the most likely to spark something and was Ballina's best. Grant should have scored a try in the first half but it was called back for a forward pass.

Liam Anderson, 6: The talented winger also missed out on a try in the first half and had no real opportunities after that.

Dan Gibson, 6.5: He tackled well like he always does but hardly had the chance to get his hands on the ball.'

Oliver Regan, 7: Another strong ball runner that was well contained and didn't get the chance to make easy metres.

Rhys Riches, 6: Defended like a champion and did well against a team blessed with massive outside backs.

Kel Sheather, 6: He ran the ball more in the second half but was well contained.

Jess Perry, 6: The Raiders sent a lot of traffic his way which he was forced to defend. It took all the attacking energy out of the gutsy captain.

Nick Ritter, 6: A couple of errors but he still managed to get a few of his trademark offloads away after a nasty head clash early.

Andrew Battese, 7: Tough day at the office for the champion hooker and he made a few uncharacteristic errors in the process.

Dylan Montgomery, 7: Came out hard for his second stint on the field but probably spent too much time on the sideline when he came off.

Anthony Colman, 7: He ran the ball more in the second half and was chopped down by Raiders fullback Guy Lanston which saved a try.

Justin Shillingsworth, 6.5: He struggled with a shoulder injury but did everything he could against a relentless forward pack.

Michael Dwane, 7: Had his jersey torn almost completely off his body in the second half and kept fighting until the final siren.

Ballina TOTAL: 86

 

TWEED COAST RAIDERS

Guy Lanston, 8: Kept himself busy at the back and helped the Raiders make easy metres on kick returns.

Daryl Brooks, 7: He has a few errors in him but he scored a crucial try just after half-time which got his side going.

Jack O'Brien, 8: His best game of the NRRRL finals. Determined and hard to bring down when he ran the ball

Jared De Thierry, 7: Playing out of position in the centres but did not look out of place. First grand final win since he got one at Byron Bay in 2008.

Justin King, 7: Not the fastest winger by any means but full of aggression and enthusiasm which helped lift his teammates.

Drew Lanston, 7.5: Didn't overplay his hand and set up some of the plays that led to Raiders tries.

Tahne Robinson, 8.5: Took control of the game in the second half and took Ballina out of it with his kicking. Casino junior and has a big future ahead of him.

Luke Campbell, 8: Runs the ball harder than any other front-rower in the competition and finished as strong as he started.

Dan Willoughby, 8: Picked his spots better in this game and took them beyond two converted tries when he crossed from close range in the second half.

Daniel Ross, 7.5: Started at fullback this season and didn't look out of place playing front-row in a grand final.

Kalani Hensby, 7.5: He went under the radar this season after he was the Raiders best forward last year. Missed out on a try early but kept working hard.

Scott McLennan, 7.5: Late inclusion into the starting team and it paid dividends when he scored a try in the opening minutes.

Cory Blair, 8: Big game experience and did a good job containing the Seagulls key forwards.

Tweed Coast TOTAL: 99.5



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