Top marks for Woodlawn connection

IT WAS student/teacher day at Kyogle on Saturday with the St John’s College Woodlawn connection of Simon Andrews and Jack Durheim leading Brothers to a 14-8 NRRRL win over the Turkeys in greasy conditions.

The match lived up to its billing as a physical encounter and this time it was the Lismore got over the top of their opponents.

A nil-all half-time scoreline suggests a dour affair but coach David Krause said he hadn’t been a part of many better wins.

“I was as proud as I have been after any win on Saturday night,” Krause said.

“Kyogle are a tough physical side and our boys really dug in to get the points.”

The Turkeys led 8-4 well into the second term but late tries to Lawrence Mercy and Durheim ensured Brothers took the two competition points.

In his starting debut Durheim was outstanding with the ball and in defence on what was a brutal night for all men – no less a 17-year-old student.

The Titans Under-18 representative shared the players’ player honours with Andrews.

Also on Saturday, Mullumbimby continued their hot start to the year, crushing the visiting Tweed Coast Raiders 52-12 at Les Donnelly Field.

Halfback Chase Nelson grabbed a double and booted seven goals for a personal tally of 22 points but it was the Giants’ big men who made it all possible.

The home side led 12-4 after dropping too much ball in the opening half but props Jarred Flick and Robbie Goodacre righted the ship after the break by steamrolling the Raiders.

Meanwhile, Andrew Battese led Ballina to their second win of the season – a 38-16 road victory over the Grafton Rhinos.

Battese played all 80 minutes after doing the same for the Northern Thunderbolts on Friday night, and was a standout, scoring two tries and kicking six goals from seven attempts.

On Friday night, Burwood Robinson grabbed a hat-trick as Northern United tasted its first success of 2010.

The Dirawongs led Casino 18-14 at half-time but a spray from coach Chris Binge sparked his men into action – a 24-4 second half was their response.

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