United hang in for win
NORTHERN United scored two tries while they had a man in the sin bin to get themselves out of trouble in their NRRRL match against the Ballina Seagulls yesterday at Crozier Field in Lismore.
United won 36-24, but had their work cut out when they trailed the Seagulls by two points with about 20 minutes left.
And with Grant Brown in the sin bin, United coach Chris Binge thought his team may have been on the verge of capitulating.
“If this had been the same time as last year we probably wouldn’t have come back and won the game,” Binge said.
“With 20 minutes to go the bounce of ball hadn’t gone our way in the second half and we just got back to basics, completed our sets, and that allowed us to run it wide, which is where we needed it to be.
“It’s a pleasing result for the club because we worked our butts off to be in the position we are now and it was a character building win for us.
“We always thought we had the players at the club to get results and it was just a matter of getting together as a team and gelling.
“I think we have turned a corner as a team.”
Brothers fall short
MARIST Brothers travelled to Kingscliff where their hopes of victory were dashed by Cudgenin a tight 26-20 result.
The Kyogle Bush Turkeys had a day out against the Tweed Coast Raiders at New Park, Kyogle, inflicting a 54-16 walloping onthe hapless visitors.
Evans Head were too good for Casino at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head, running out victors 28-16.
In other games, Murwillumbah downed Mullumbimby 42-22 and the Grafton Rhinos defeated Lower Clarence 40-6.
NRRRL lower grade scores from the weekend:
Reserve grade: Byron Bay 21 d Grafton Ghosts 12, Northern United 42 d Ballina 22, Marist Brothers 22 d Cudgen 10, Evans Head 32 d Casino 8, Mullumbimby 44 d Murwillumbah 14, Grafton Rhinos d Lower Clarence on forfeit.
Under-18s: Ballina 24 d Northern United 4, Cudgen 30 d Marist Brothers 22, Casino 20 d Evans Head 12, Mullumbimby 32 d Murwillumbah 6, Tweed Coast 30 d Kyogle 16.