Trojans win with intercept try
AN intercept try to Lennox Head centre Kalib Cupples snatched a 32-29 win for the Trojans over the Ballina Seahorses in Far North Coast rugby union at Quays Reserve, Ballina, on Saturday.
It was an all-or-nothing play for the Trojans with a five-on-two overlap out wide for Ballina.
"If he (Cupples) misses it we score and win the game," Ballina captain Liam Preston said.
"He ran 95 metres and (winger) Joe Jansson almost ran him down, too."
It's the second time this season the Seahorses have had the Trojans on the ropes but failed to land the knockout blow.
Lennox Head came out firing early and put two tries on the home side in the first 10 minutes.
It was a frustrating 20 minutes for Ballina as they were starved of possession and when they finally got the ball Lennox winger Lachlan Creagh scored a long-range try against the run of play.
Trailing 19-3 but with the wind in the second half, the Seahorses launched an all-out assault that led to tries to second-rower Josh Lupton and centre Trent Gasnier.
The Trojans were out on their feet and looked gone when Ballina flanker Sean Grace went in under the cross-bar after some brilliant support play, with another try soon after to Preston giving the Seahorses a 10-point buffer at 29-19.
Even when Lennox scored their first points of the second half soon after, it appeared the Seahorses were going to hold on.
The Trojans' best players were Cupples, five-eighth Paul Crozier and flanker Sam Croke.
In other games, Zimbabwean import Terrence Kuvarega scored two tries in Lismore City's 48-7 win over the Casino Bulls at Lismore Rugby Park.
The win locked up third spot on the ladder for Lismore and set up a minor semi-final against Ballina next month.
The Wollongbar-Alstonville juggernaut continued with a 76-10 win over Southern Cross University at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.
Fullback Adam Law made a successful switch to the centres, scoring three tries.
Lennox Head 61
Southern Cross University 9