NRRRL: Rams finally break through with big win over Cudgen

STRONG RUN: Prop Darryl Butcher does the hard yards for Marist Brothers in the NRRRL game against Cudgen at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.
STRONG RUN: Prop Darryl Butcher does the hard yards for Marist Brothers in the NRRRL game against Cudgen at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday. Marc Stapelberg

MARIST Brothers centre Sam Elliott helped drag his side to a 38-26 win over Cudgen in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday.

Wlliott was almost unstoppable down the left edge in the second half as Brothers celebrated their first win of the season.

The teenager almost pulled off a remarkable try when he fought off several defenders on his way to the tryline before being pulled up just short.

He was rock solid in defence and cool under pressure when he took over the goal-kicking duties, slotting two of his four conversions from out wide.

Replacement fullback Mitchell Krause made an immediate impact in his first game back after a stint playing in Brisbane.

He scored a 40-metre individual try from his first touch of the ball in the 28th minute.

Elliott converted his own try to give the Rams a 16-10 advantage at half-time.

Cudgen halfback Jake Sands scored his second try of the afternoon for the Hornets to reclaim a 22-20 lead just after the break.

Brothers found success off some second phase play with tries to five-eighth Wally Kelly and winger Tom Hawthorne.

Cudgen front-rower Caleb Ziebell took matters into his own hands when he scored in the 61st minute.

Ziebell ran through some sluggish defence as Brothers held a narrow 28-26 lead.

Tries to second-rower Lennon Bartlett and centre Matt Tickle sealed the Rams' win.

Brothers have a short turn-around with a catch-up game against Northern United tomorrow night at the same venue.

The game will kick off at 7.30pm.

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