Halfback provides good service in the wet
The University Gold Rats triumphed over the Yamba Buccaneers 16-5 in a match of good quality despite rain coming down sideward in Yamba.
Uni halfback Matt Andersons ball handling and passing was exemplary in the extremely testing conditions. Anderson also tackled and rucked with intensity as did Gold Rats breakaway Luke Jones, who showed absolutely no regard for his own well-being, transforming himself into a human missile on more than one occasion.
Yambas Robert Bell put in a lion-hearted effort in a losing team, playing all three positions in the front row and throwing lineout ball with great precision.
In contrast, Tweed Heads Coolangatta came away from Grafton with an impressive 34-12 win in a match played in full sunlight on an immaculately turned out field.
The Tweed Baa Baas dominated the once-feared Grafton scrum during the first half and this opened the way for big outside centre Aaron Studdon to make inroads out wide. The Baa Baas dominated all the set pieces, with the lineout providing clean ball as the Tweed men ran roughshod over last years grand finalists.
The bonus point win leaves Tweed on top of the ladder for the first time since re-entering the competition two years ago.
The other matches in the round were washed out and will be played in July.
Pointscore: Tweed Heads-Coolangatta 6, Southern Cross 5, Wollongbar Alstonville 5, Ballina 5, Lennox Head 5, Casino 4, Yamba 0, Grafton 0, Lismore 0.
This Saturday at 3pm Wollongbar host Casino, Tweed will welcome Lismore City to Tweed Heads, Ballina play Grafton at home and Yamba will host the Trojans from Lennox Head.