Lismore City breaks through with their first win
LISMORE came up with its first win of the Far North Coast rugby union season while defending premiers Wollongbar-Alstonville were made to work hard to get the points against Southern Cross University.
In other games on Saturday, Byron Bay thrashed Lennox Head and Ballina defeated Bangalow.
Prop Damien Keys crossed for three tries in the Greens’ 27-19 away win over Casino.
Lismore led 10-5 at half-time.
The Bulls have also been restricted to a single win.
At Maurie Ryan Oval in Lismore, winless SCU put in a strong effort against the Pioneers, going down 22-19 after trailing by only one point at the break.
It was a different story at Lennox Head, where competition leaders Byron Bay cantered to a big lead at half-time before a more even second half resulted in a full-time scoreline of 40-7.
And Ballina downed Bangalow 28-17 to move the Seahorses to within a point of the top four.
FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD
- Lismore 27 (Damien Keys 3, Robert Wilton, James Smedley tries; Riley Taylor conversion) d Casino 19 (Nathan Davy, Jake Kennedy, Harry Cusack tries; Sam Dietrich 2 conversions). Half-time: Lismore 10-5.
- Wollongbar-Alstonville 22 (Matt Scott 2, Jeffrey Buckler tries, Adam Law 2 conversions; Sam Kerry penalty goal) d Southern Cross University 19 (Latrell Hampton, Peter King, Zac Hyatt tries, Latrell Hampton; Peter King conversions). Half-time: Wollongbar 8-7.
- Byron Bay 40 (Jack Cooke 2, Craig Wallace, John Laughlin, Harold Chiffoleau, Troy Wynter tries, John Laughlin 4; Jascha Saeck conversions) d Lennox Head 7 (Jono Huddy try; Sam Fitzgerald conversion). Half-time: 26-0.
- Ballina 28 (Ben Robinson 2, Harry Bungate tries; Grant Knight 3 penalty goal; Tom Watson, Grant Knight conversions) d Bangalow 17 (Brad Hill, Ryan Duffy, Ben Farrow tries; Chris Bleakley conversion). Half-time: 18-0.
- Pointscore: Byron Bay 19, Wollongbar 15, Lennox Head 13, Bangalow 11, Ballina 10, Lismore 5, Casino 4, Southern Cross University 2.
- Reserve grade: Wollongbar 44 d SCU 0, Casino 45 d Lismore 10, Mullumbimby 33 d Lennox Head 0, Ballina 30 d Bangalow 0.
- President’s Cup: Yamba 28 d Kyogle 12, Evans River 13 d Iluka 12.