Top 5: The men to watch in the NRRRL
SPORTS editor Mitchell Craig names the form players heading into the third round of NRRRL:
Andrew Battese, Ballina: Back playing hooker this year and scored a second half hat-trick in the first game of the season against Lower Clarence.
He finished the game with an impressive 36 points after kicking 12 goals in the 76-16 win.
The Seagulls look like they have more balance in the team this year and could push for the premiership.
Nathan Walmsley, Evans Head: Third year at the club and has played fullback and now hooker during his time at the Bombers.
Gets through plenty of work with his defence and shares the goal kicking duties with new recruit Nikko Roberts.
Evans Head have one of the best spines in the competition with halfback Trevor Bolt, fullback Aaron Scells, Roberts and Walmsley.
Chad Taylor, Casino: Always in the thick of things and gets better each season after starting off the bench at the Cougars a few years ago.
Bulked up this season and will be a key man in the forwards along with the likes of second rowers Damien Benn and Simon Pederson.
Jack Govett, Mullumbimby: Proving a handful for opposition teams in local rugby league and rugby union over the past two years. He bagged a try-scoring double in the Giants first game back against Casino after a year out of the competition.
Dan Randall, Lower Clarence: The Magpies struggled first up but captain-coach Dan Randall looked dangerous every time he had the ball at five-eighth.
Front-rower Ryan Binge, hooker Rhys Walters and Randall will be the key if they turn things around this weekend.