United fight back to down Brothers
A LATE try to Northern United fullback Nathaniel Regueira helped reignite the Dirawongs' season with a 28-26 victory over Marist Brothers in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
United were staring down the barrel of their fourth consecutive loss when they trailed 26-18 with 15 minutes to go before tries to back-rower Hayden Benn and Regueria sealed the victory.
"I had no idea how long was left or that the try put us in front," Regueira said of his match winner.
"I was just happy to get it and that it got us there in the end."
Regueira's opposite number Mitchell Krause asked plenty of questions of the Dirawongs' defence and used his blistering speed to bag a try-scoring double.
"Krausey is a good player and finds himself in the right place at the right time," Regueira said.
"I'm not as fast as him and I try to play my own game to do what matters for our team."
The Rams were unlucky to go into half-time trailing 18-16 after United captain Roy Bell put lock Kayan Davis over for a try as the siren went.
Rams hooker Dan Kitcher scored his second to reclaim the lead 22-18 early in the second half.
Kitcher then almost had his third after a dart from dummy-half but was ruled to have dropped the ball over the try-line.
Krause ended up doing the job soon after as the Rams extended their lead to 26-18 before Benn and Regueira crossed.
"We knew we could score points, it was just a matter of building a bit of pressure," Dirawongs assistant coach Ashley Moran said.
"We have a lot of attacking players at the back who can score points; it's just a matter of working through our sets and not over-doing it."
Prop Les Roberts missed the game with a calf injury as Jake Ngauamo and Jirra Breckenridge stepped up.
Lock Josh Benn and Bell also played well for the Dirawongs.
"It's frustrating that we're not executing the right plays at the right time," Brothers coach Adam Mayes said
"It was a make-or-break game for both teams and if you give United a bit of a sniff they can capitalise."
The Rams were best served by second-rower Brendan Wall, Kitcher and Krause.