University upsets Lismore City
SOUTHERN Cross University have picked themselves up off the canvas in the manner of a champion prize-fighter to record a stunning 29-27 upset over cross town rivals Lismore City in FNC Rugby Union on Saturday.
The Gold Rats defied their lowly ranking to notch their first win of the year and inflict a major blow on City's minor premiership hopes.
Trailing 22-12 at the break, John Jenkins' men came out and bullied their more seasoned opponents out of the match.
Making his first grade debut, Blake Brewer-Charles scored a pair of tries from fullback in the morale boosting victory.
Although there is plenty of work to be done on his kicking game, Jenkins sees promise in his new number 15.
“You see a lot of guys come into the top grade and take a while to find their feet,” Jenkins said.
“But Blake has actually lifted a gear – played better than he has in reserves all year.”
Casino may have headed into enemy territory looking for revenge, but all they got was a towelling as the Pioneers ran in five tries to grab the bonus point and stretch their lead over Lennox Head to a full four points.
In Ballina, winger Ben Robinson scored a hat-trick of tries as the Seahorses dealt with Grafton 34-12.
Robinson now has eight tries in 2010 to lead the FNCRU.
SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY 29 (Blake Brewer-Charles 2, James Jeffress, Matthew Anderson, Ben Dawson tries, James Jeffress 2 conversions) d LISMORE 27 (Joe Akkersdyk 2, Scott Lancaster 2, Ben Sloane tries, Matt Bermingham conversion).
WOLLONGBAR ALSTONVILLE 33 (Tim Perkins 2, Jeremy Tozer, Lachlan Crockett, Bill Johnston tries, Terry Murphy conversion, Lachlan Crockett 2 penalty goals) d CASINO 10 (Carl Tahatu try, Brenton Fuller conversion, penalty goal).
BALLINA 34 (Ben Robinson 3, Jamie Coote, Chad Duensing tries, Luke Watling 3 conversions, penalty goal) d GRAFTON 12 (Kyle Hancock, Nathan Cooper tries, Kyle Hancock conversion).
Pointscore: Wollongbar Alstonville 32, Lennox Head 28, Lismore 26, Ballina 25, Casino 10, SCU 6, Grafton 4.
Reserve grade: Wollongbar Alstonville 50 d Casino 0; Ballina 58 d Grafton 0; Lismore 38 d SCU 12.
Under-19s: Yamba 24 d Mullumbimby 15; Wollongbar Alstonville 26 d Casino 0; Grafton 22 d Ballina 5.
Third grade: Wollongbar Alstonville 13 d Lismore 5; Ballina 50 d Grafton 0.
Village competition: Bangalow 22 d Byron Bay 18; Murwillumbah 34 d Iluka 15; Yamba 45 d Mullumbimby 7.