Story The Engerneer
Byron Bay Rugby Union have claimed the trophy and bragging rights in the inaugural Beef to Reef Cup, beating the Casino Bulls 43–5 at home on Saturday.
The cup was the brainchild of Byron’s president Tim Ahern and Casino’s coach Mick Russell as a way of generating a friendly rivalry between the two clubs.
Casino lost the toss and kicked off to a fired-up Byron forward pack and after some early pressure the Bay managed to find the line twice within the first 15 minutes through the electric Harvey Bell.
Casino responded strongly with some forward pressure that slowed down Byron’s momentum. After a lull in the scores some great work from Byron’s halves: Luc Boyer and Sion King had centres Chris Ealey and Jascha Saeck hitting holes that in turn set up Harvey Bell for his third try of the day.
But he wasn’t done just yet!
Byron went into half-time with a fairly comfortable lead and after the break not even a pitch invasion from a pug could slow down Harvey as he crossed the line for another two tries shortly after the restart.
This ignited the Casino Bulls who managed to string a number of phases together and pull off an attacking set play that had their winger cross the line in the corner for a well-deserved try.
Some strong running from Number 8 Mikey Karl set the way for Byron as they continued to mount pressure, resulting in the Bay’s big winger Nick Fischer crossing the line for his first try. A tiring Byron pack saw the injection of some much-needed fresh legs in second-rower Ryan Betts, who showed some impressive footwork in his first game back for the season, returning from injury to score under the posts late in the game.
Best on the field was Mikey Karl, Harvey ‘the five-try scorer’ Bell, Luc Boyer and debutant Stefan Rayworth.
It was an incredibly strong showing from a Byron outfit that is continuing to grow as a team. The win puts the Bay in an even stronger position, moving into second place on the points table. The boys have a bye this weekend but will be back on 23 May, travelling away to take on Lismore City.
For those with a car and no plans for a lazy Saturday afternoon the team would love your support in what is always a tough game against the lads in green at Lismore.
Details of the match can be found on the club’s Facebook page – Byron Bay Rugby Club.
Go The Bay!