Byron union massive win over Casino

Photo Peter Moore

Photo Peter Moore

The Engerneer

Byron Bay Rugby Union has posted a massive win over Casino on Saturday with a 78–10 hiding of the Bulls. The Bay made the trip west with only 16 players owing to a number of its squad unavailable because of injury.

The lack of numbers had no bearing on the quality of the Byron play as from the kick-off they were quick to take control of the match, scoring three tries within the first 10 minutes.

Casino replied with a 5-pointer of their own to stay in contention; however, Byron had different ideas as they notched it up a gear to put the game beyond the reach of the Bulls. The Bay continued their scoring spree with tries to Nathan Nichols, Aaron Shakeshaft, James Oakley, Harvey Bell, Jack Elborn and Mikey Karl before halftime. The scores had Byron sitting comfortably in control at 40–5 at the midpoint.

The second half didn’t slow the Bay as they continued to press forward and rack up points. Mikey Karl continued on his point-scoring mission accompanied by Nathan Nicholls, Harvey Bell and Jack Elborn, who all bagged a double. Not to be outdone by the backline’s attacking prowess, the forwards ensured they made their statement on the scoreboard, when late in the game Josh Smith crossed for a try. This marked a try for all three of the Byron’s front row.

Not even a late 11-minute cameo from Byron’s coach Paul ‘Master Yoda’ Jeffery could detract from the scoreline as he inserted himself in an unsuccessful bid to get among the points. Casino managed a late consolation try to set the final scores at 78–10. Best on field for the Bay and Players Player was Josh Smith, with mentions given to Tom Homer, Jack Elborn and Harvey Bell.

There is a bye this weekend for Splendour but the Bay will be back the following week as we take on Lismore City at Home. Kick-off is at 3.15pm at the Byron Rec Fields so please come on down and enjoy a great afternoon of rugby. Drinking is optional; community support is essential!

As always, Go The Bay!

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