FOCUSED: Northern United halfback TeAte Jackson on the charge for the Dirawongs against Evans Head in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League on Sunday.
FOCUSED: Northern United halfback TeAte Jackson on the charge for the Dirawongs against Evans Head in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League on Sunday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Dirrawongs finally have a shot at making the NRRRL finals

FOUR could be the lucky number for Northern United as they prepare for the semi-finals in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

A win over Lower Clarence this weekend will see the Dirawongs finish the competition rounds fourth and host the elimination semi-final in Lismore the following Saturday.

Byron Bay made the grand final from fourth last year before they were eventually beaten by Ballina.

Brothers Bill and Chris King had plenty to do with that and both now play for the Dirawongs.

It has also been four years since the Dirawongs played finals in NRRRL. They made the preliminary final in 2011 after a one-point loss in the grand final against Lower Clarence in 2009.

Meanwhile, Evans Head are also finals bound for the first time since 2011.

The Bombers have been the success story of the competition so far this season and a win against Murwillumbah on Sunday will see them claim the minor premiership.

Elsewhere, Ballina has been rolling along nicely winning its last five games.

They will finish second or third depending on the result of the Bombers game and their own clash against Casino at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina on Sunday.

The Seagulls are aiming for three consecutive premierships and will be hard to beat in the finals.

Casino has put itself under all sorts of pressure ahead of the final round after a 32-26 loss against Byron Bay at the weekend.

The fifth-placed Cougars need to beat Ballina with Cudgen just one point behind them on the ladder.

Cudgen can sneak into the finals if they beat Kyogle.

Casino will have under achieved with the side they have if they miss out on finals.

They have been inconsistent at times but have beaten three of the four teams above them on the ladder.

Byron Bay and Marist Brothers are both capable sides but lost too many crucial games throughout the season.

LADDER

Evans Head 26

Murwillumbah 25

Ballina 23

Northern United 21

Casino 20

Cudgen 19

Byron Bay 18

Marist Brothers 14

Mullumbimby 9

Kyogle 9

Lower Clarence 8


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