JUST TRY IT: Ballina’s Adam Thomas fends off an SCU foe on his way to the try line during Saturday’s clash at Quays Reserve.
JUST TRY IT: Ballina’s Adam Thomas fends off an SCU foe on his way to the try line during Saturday’s clash at Quays Reserve. Stuart Turner

Wobbly boot trips Trojans

A DROP goal from Bangalow centre Ben Geatches helped pave the way to a 9-5 win against Lennox Head Trojans in Far North Coast Rugby Union at Schultz Ovalon Saturday.

Geatches landed a rare three-pointer before fullback Will Latham kicked a penalty goal late in the game to seal victory for the home side.

"It was probably the wobbliest drop goal I've ever seen," player-coach Will Cotterill said.

"I was at the bottom of a ruck and I reckon it only cleared the cross-bar by a couple of inches.

"It certainly wasn't part of the game plan but it was a relief at the time.

"It turned out to be a great option because we were putting about eight phases together but couldn't manage to score.

"Lennox were fired up and ready to play but we soaked it up and I thought we were a bit unlucky not to put a few tries on."

Cotterill named hooker Matt Gibson, second-rower Logan Melville and halfback Dean Matthews as their best.

Lennox Head flanker Harry Witt was the only try-scorer in the slugfest.

The Trojans have lost three in a row and could miss out on semi-finals depending on results.

They take on Byron Bay this weekend in the final round of the competition with the winner locking third spot on the ladder.

The loser could finish fifth if Ballina register a bonus-point win against Wollongbar-Alstonville.

In other games, Lismore City showed their class with a 58-9 win against Byron Bay at Lismore Rugby Park.

Fullback Jack Pinchin bagged a double as the Greens put on nine tries to claim their 10 consecutive win.

Byron were kept scoreless in the second half with their only points coming from winger Nathan Nicholls' three penalty goals.

Elsewhere, Ballina fullback Sam Giltrap continued his run of good form with a hat-trick in the 62-5 thrashing of Southern Cross University at Quays Reserve, Ballina.

The Seahorses needed the bonus-point win to keep their semi-finals chances alive.

They put on seven tries in the second half to hammer it home.

Halfback Troy Nichols was a standout once again as he celebrated his 100th game for the club.

Young winger Mitchell Knight was strong on debut and rewarded with a try.

In the other match, Grafton beat Casino 39-0.

LADDER

(After 15 games)

Lismore (67pts), Wollongbar Alstonville (57), Lennox Head (47), Byron Bay (47), Byron (42), Bangalow (37), Grafton (28), SCU (7), Casino (7).



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