Witt not enough against bigger pack
Lismore City forward pack, lead by number 8 Glenn Paisley, out-muscled the Lennox Head Trojans in Lismore on Saturday to win 39-23.
In a bright and entertaining game, Lennox Head went to the break up 17-14, thanks to some great work at the breakdown from Trojans flanker Harry Witt and a good kick and chase from their backs.
In the second half City combined a long kicking game with a well-supported pick and drive to dominate field position. Consequently, when the penalties came Lismore were within kicking distance. Lismores James Wood piloted nine penalty goals during the match.
In one of the most physical encounters in many years, the Tweed Heads Coolangatta Baa Baas came home with a wet sail to defeat Southern Cross University 21-11. Three players were sin-binned in the first two minutes of the match after a melee broke out. The Gold Rats, who lost one player to the bin, weathered the early storm more effectively, going to the break up 8-nil.
As the game wore on, the Baa Baas forwards started to take control of the scrum and midway through the second half they were awarded a penalty try after a deliberate infringement denied them a push over. The Baa Baas ran in two tries to seal their spot on top of the comp.
In a game for the purists, Grafton and Yamba packed down scrum after scrum as they took a full 65 minutes to open the scoring. That field goal gave Grafton a 3-nil lead and they scored in the corner in the last few minutes to seal the win 8-nil.
Spectators were left to contemplate whether they had seen a match or a treatment for insomnia.
The Casino Bulls snatched a late 18-17 win over Ballina with a penalty. The match could have been over five minutes earlier if the Bulls had taken any one of four penalty opportunities. Bulls captain Joe Mohammed, in typical frontrow fashion, had Casinos coach kicking holes in his esky, as he turned down the opportunity to kick for goal time and again, saying Well have a scrum sir.
Seahorses five-eighth Adam Fisher and breakaway Mick Lord played exceptionally in a very close and entertaining match.